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 South Africa and Australia.

Zimbabwe: 9 cultivated genera and 17 cultivated taxa.

Telopea speciosissima

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

Banksia L.f.Description
Grevillea R.Br. ex KnightDescription, Image
Hakea Schrad.Description
Leucadendron R. Br.Description
Leucospermum R. Br.Description
Macadamia F. Muell.Description, Image
Protea L.Description
Stenocarpus R. Br.Description
Telopea R. Br.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Proteaceae:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Proteaceae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Proteaceae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Proteaceae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Proteaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Proteaceae
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Proteaceae
JSTOR Plant Science: Proteaceae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Proteaceae
Wikipedia: Proteaceae
Plants of the World Online: Proteaceae
Tropicos: Proteaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Proteaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=187, retrieved 28 May 2024

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