Protea caffra Meisn.
subsp. gazensis (Beard) Chisumpa & Brummitt

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Protea caffra subsp. gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Circular Drive to Mt Nyangani

Protea caffra subsp. gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinziwa, Vumba

Protea caffra subsp. gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinziwa, Vumba

Protea caffra subsp. gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chinyakwaremba, Vumba

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Synonyms: Protea gazensis Beard
Common names: Manica protea (English) Mubonda (Shona) Musitsuru (Shona)
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Shrub or small tree. The leaves are bluish-green, hairless, narrowly oblong or elliptic. Young leaves are bright red. Flower heads up to 15 cm in diameter; outer bracts usually brownish, inner bracts pink to red.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: caffra : from Kaffraria, a historic name for South Africa; gazensis: of Gaza, historic name for the eastern part of Southern Africa, now a province in Mozambique.
Habitat: In wooded grassland on hillsides and in valleys.
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 - 2100 m
Flowering time:Nov - Mar
Worldwide distribution: This subspecies is confined to the border mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique, including Mt Gorongosa. Subsp. caffra occurs in southern Mozambique and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 12 October 2005
Literature:

Beard, J.S. (1963). The genus Protea in Tropical Africa Kirkia 3 Pages 182 - 183. as Protea gazensis (Includes a picture).

Chisumpa, S.M., Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S. (2006). Proteaceae FZ 9(3) Pages 68 - 69.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 38, plate 59


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Protea caffra subsp. gazensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=120750, retrieved 25 July 2014

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