2035.000 Protea L.

Description of the genus

Erect or prostrate suffrutices, shrubs or trees, up to 8 m. Leaves alternate or clustered near the ends of the branches simple, entire. Flowers in dense heads, surrounded by a conspicuous many-seriate involucre of bracts; bracts spirally arranged, very small in the outer series to as large as the flowers in the inner, sometimes brightly coloured. Style terminated by a linear pollen-presenter. Fruit an obconic achene, with the long straight brown hairs persistent.

Derivation of name: after Proteus, son of Poseidon, who was able to take on many different forms; referring to the great variability of the genus.

Worldwide: c. 100 species in the tropics and South Africa.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Ovios capensis (Cream cake, Sleepy tiger) Larval foodplant
No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesContent
cynaroides L.Image
neriifolia R. Br.

Other sources of information about Protea:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Protea
Flora of Caprivi: Protea
Flora of Malawi: Protea
Flora of Mozambique: Protea
Flora of Zambia: Protea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Protea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Protea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Protea
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Protea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Protea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Protea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Protea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=485, retrieved 3 August 2020

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