Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Proteales

Proteaceae - Protea family

Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S.K. (1993) Proteaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Chisumpa, S.M., Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S. (2006) Proteaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or suffrutices. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate (in ours), simple, entire to toothed or pinnatifid (Grevillea). Inflorescence a raceme, spike or head. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic. Perianth 4-merous, the segments differentiated into a swollen base, narrow claw and expanded terminal limb, with the tube splitting before the limb to release a loop of the style. Stamens 4. Ovary superior, 1-locular. Fruit a follicle, capsule, drupe or nut.

Worldwide: 77 genera and 1600 species, in tropical and subtropical areas, especially the southern hemisphere and in particular S Africa and Australia.

Zimbabwe: 5 genera and 19 taxa.

Protea welwitschii

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Faurea Harv.Description, Image
Grevillea R.Br. ex KnightDescription, Image
Leucospermum R. Br.Description, Image
Macadamia F. Muell.Description, Image
Protea L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Proteaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Proteaceae
Flora of Malawi: Proteaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Proteaceae
Flora of Zambia: Proteaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Proteaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Proteaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Proteaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=187, retrieved 28 August 2016

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