Berzelia albiflora

Family:

Bruniaceae

Genus:

Berzelia

Species:

albiflora – meaning ‘white flowers’

Common name:

Knopbossie, Koffiebossie, Stompies, Coffee-scented Brunia (Note: this species has been renamed: the old name was Brunia albiflora.)

3m

March to April

Insects, Seeder

Fresh

Least concern

What does the plant look like?

Berzelia albiflora is a tall, slender shrub with a single stem and many branches. It can grow up to three metres tall.The long, slender branches have a dense covering of leaves. The beautiful dark green leaves make the shrub look like a pine tree. The leaves have black tips and are covered with delicate hairs. They grow up to 12 mm long.

What are the flowers like?

The flower heads are found at the end of stalks about 40 mm long and 15 mm wide. The flower heads form attractive, pale, silver-grey clusters. When in flower, the plant smells like coffee. It flowers in March and April.

How does it reproduce?

Berzelia albiflora is visited by a variety of insect species (generalist insect-pollination system) and regenerates from seed.

Where is it found?

It grows in dense groups in damp areas from the Hottentots Holland to the Klein River Mountains.

How is it used?

It is harvested mostly for the fresh flower industry.

Conservation

[Red List: Least Concern]

Current Red List data indicates a stable population trend, although this species could become threatened by invasive alien plants.