Lebeckia plukenetiana


Lebeckia plukenetiana

Lebeckia plukenetiana

Scientific name

This is a yellow flowered shrub with needle-shaped leaves, flowering June to January. They occur in disturbed areas and some species proliferate after fire. Species from this genus occur in sandy, rocky, loamy and sandstone soils.

L. plukenetiana is distributed from the Cape Peninsula to Piquetberg, Hex River and Worcester and favours mountain slopes. It has unarticulated leaves, wing petals that are longer than the keel petals and is one of only two species that have a narrowly winged upper suture of the pod (the other is L. meyeriana).

Not presently cultivated but likely similar to Aspalathus, Liparia and Podalyria.

Propagation instructions

By seed

Seeds of Lebeckia must germinate readily after scarification.

By cutting

As Lebeckia species are not usually cultivated, details on growing them are unavailable. However, the conditions will likely be similar to those used for other fynbos legumes that are presently in cultivation, e.g. Aspalathus, Liparia and Podalyria. These are largely grown in well-drained soil and need water during winter in summer-rainfall areas.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

Image credit: iNaturalist hof59 2012
Seedbank Quantity
Arundel Seedbank 12
Total 12
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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Endangered

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

Lebeckia plukenetiana is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos

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