The Overberg pincushion has smaller flowers than several of the other members of the genus. Nevertheless, they are attractive, seen close-up here or en masse when a large bush is in full flower (see other photo in this Album). Leucospermum oleifolium has been described as a miniature version of L. praecox, the Mossel Bay pincushion. The latter also has tufted flowers that are yellow in colour when young, changing to orange or red later.
The seeds of this plant are dispersed by ants that remove them to their nests as food, but the vital parts are not eaten or harmed and germinate when the ants carry them out again and conditions become favourable (Eliovson, 1967; www.protea.worldonline.co.za).