Petrophile

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conebushes
Petrophile macrostachya-2.JPG
Petrophile macrostachya
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Petrophile
R.Br. ex Knight
Type species
Petrophile pulchella
Species

See text

Synonyms
  • Arthrostygma Steud.
  • Atylus Salisb.
  • Petrophila R.Br.[1]

Petrophile is a genus of evergreen shrubs, in the protea family Proteaceae, which are endemic to Australia. Commonly known as conebushes, they typically have prickly, divided foliage and produce prominently-displayed pink, yellow or cream flowers followed by grey, conical fruits.[1] [2]

Selected species[edit]

Species include: [1]

Distribution[edit]

Species within this genus predominantly occur in Western Australia, but several species are found in other states including South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.[4]

Cultivation[edit]

Plants in this genus, particularly those from Western Australia, require a freely draining soil . They tolerate periods of dryness and mild frosts and will grow well in full sun or part shade. They can be propagated from cuttings taken in autumn or from seed, however the production of new plants by either method can be slow.[2] [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Petrophile". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ a b Wrigley J.W. and Fagg M. (1979). Australian Native Plants. William Collins Publishers Sydney, Australia. ISBN 0-00-216416-7. 
  3. ^ a b c d Greig, D. (1987). The Australian Gardener’s Wildflower Catalogue. Australia: Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0207154600. 
  4. ^ "Petrophile". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Retrieved 2007-07-25.