Protea welwitschii Engl.

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Protea welwitschii

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Protea welwitschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bunga Views, Vumba

Protea welwitschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Protea welwitschii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Protea melliodora Engl. & Gilg
Common names: Cluster-head protea (English) Honey-scented protea (English) Mubonda (Shona) Musitsuru (Shona) Rusty velvet protea (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Large multi-stemmed shrub. It is easily distinguished from other species by its leaves, which are densely covered in short velvety hairs, although older leaves may be nearly glabrous. Flowerheads terminal, often produced in groups of 2 to 4. Bracts pale yellowish to brown, flowers creamy-white, turning rusty brown with age, very hairy.
Derivation of specific name: welwitschii: Named after the Austrian botanist, Friedrich Martin Welwitsch (1806-1872)
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, wooded grassland and on rocky hillsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Beard, J.S. (1963). The genus Protea in Tropical Africa Kirkia 3 Pages 175 - 182. (Includes a picture).

Chisumpa, S.M., Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S. (2006). Proteaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 75 - 77.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 356 - 358. as Protea melliodora (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 235.

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 39, plate 60

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 156.


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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: Species information: Protea welwitschii., retrieved 31 May 2016

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