In full pincushion protea:any of several indigenous shrubs of the genus Leucospermum of the Proteaceae, especially Leucospermum conocarpodendron (the ‘tree pincushion’), and L. cordifolium. See also kreupelboom sense a, protea sense 1 a.
1957L.G. GreenBeyond City Lights 214Caledon has the rarest and choicest wildflowers;..the coral-red pincushion protea.
1971Evening Post 5 June (Weekend Mag.) 5The whole protea family thrives here, including..the gay pin-cushion proteas.
1973M.R. Levyns inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.VIII. 574Pincushions, Name applied to two species of Leucospermum (family Proteaceae)...Pincushions...Kreupelhout..(Leucospermum conocarpodendron.) Large, much-branched shrub with soft hairs on the younger parts.
1977E. PalmerField Guide to Trees of Sn Afr. 98Leucospermum, About 40 species,..easily distinguished because of the leaves with notched tips, and the flowers..with the styles protruding, in a roundish head resembling a pincushion — the basis of the common name ‘pincushion’ for members of the genus.
1987T.F.J. Van RensburgIntro. to Fynbos 16The tree pincushion (Leucospermum conocarpodendron sub-species), with its curry-yellow flowers, often grows into an extremely large tree. There is also a large variety of..pincushions (Leucospermum spp.).
1989Your Gardening Questions Answered (Reader’s Digest Assoc.) 347Pincushion, Leucospermum..Indigenous, evergreen shrubs with leaves similar to protea leaves and flower heads composed of tiny flowers in shades of yellow, orange and salmon pink.
1989Motorist Aug. 21If you think of the Cape, you think of proteas from the large pink and brown variety..to the fragile and dainty pincushion protea.