Those thready things are "styles", at the end of which are anthers, which produce pollen. On 'Spider', the anthers are distinctly fuzzy. The anthers of 'Yellow Bird', another of our Leucospermums, appear smoother.
One 'Spider' that won't give anyone the creeps. Or at least hardly anyone. The plant is young and small, so it's temporarily fenced off. It has new growth as well as a flower. Though rabbits have taken no interest in the other Leucospermums, protecting a young and newly planted shrub provides peace of mind. Doesn't cost anything; doesn't hurt.
'Spider' took over the space formerly occupied by a variegated Ceanothus, which after several years trial, was only so-so.
Several days on, 'Spider's flowers are more developed.
Nice. Me likey.
Speaking of 'Yellow Bird'--it continues its effort to take over half the front slope.
I think I need to move more plants.