Petrophile-pulchella.JPG (41884 bytes)Petrophile pulchella: is a member of the Proteaceae family in company with the Banksias, Grevilleas and Hakeas. The general common name of the genus is Conesticks and refers to the shape of woody, cone-shaped fruits.
Petrophile pulchella is an erect shrub reaching a height of two metres. The leaves are much divided and up to ten centimetres long. Plants produce heads of small yellow flowers in summer. The flowers are closely followed by oblong cones up to five centimetres in length. The cones are persistent and are an attractive feature of this Conestick.
Petrophile pulchella is a native of the coast and tablelands of New South Wales as well as Queensland .
Intermediates between this species and Petrophile sessilis occur when their populations overlap.
Petrophile pulchella could be cultivated as a component of a shrubbery.
There are about 53 Petrophile species all native to Australia . Western Australia has the lionís share with 47 species.
The specimen illustrated is growing in the Mount Alexandra Reserve near Mittagong on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. Petrophile sessilis also grows in the Reserve.
Propagate from seed and possibly cuttings.