Protea angolensis Welw.
var. divaricata (Engl. & Gilg) Beard

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Protea angolensis var. divaricata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, area below dam wall

Protea angolensis var. divaricata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, area below dam wall

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Synonyms: Protea angustimarginata Hauman
Protea bianoensis De Wild.
Protea chionantha Engl. & Gilg var. divaricata Engl. & Gilg
Protea denudata Hutch. & Bruce
Protea mashonica Engl., nom. nud.
Common names: Angolan protea (English) Northern protea (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Shrub or small tree. Leaves oblanceolate to elliptic, light green to bluish-green. Flowerheads 9–16 cm diameter; bracts pale green, flushed with red at the tips, usually persistently silvery velvety over all or becoming hairless towards the margin; flowers creamy-white. Perianth claw mostly hairless but with hairs inside at junction with the base and outside at junction with the limb.
Notes: See var. angolensis for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: angolensis: of Angola
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 600 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Apr - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Wednesday 28 December 2005

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 76 - 77. (Includes a picture).

Beard, J.S. (1963). The genus Protea in Tropical Africa Kirkia 3 Pages 154 - 155.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 230. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 101. (Includes a picture).

Chisumpa, S.M., Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S. (2006). Proteaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 66 - 67.

Coates Palgrave, K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 166.

Coates Palgrave, K. et al. (1956). Trees of Central Africa National Publications Trust, Salisbury. Pages 352 - 355. as Protea angolensis (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave, M. (1989). Guide to the trees and shrubs of the Mukuvisi Woodlands ?publisher. Page 5. as Protea angolensis

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

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 69.

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 61 - 62. as Protea angolensis (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 37, plate 58

Smith, P. & Allen, Q. (2004). Field Guide to the Trees and Shrubs of the Miombo Woodlands Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew ISBN 1 84246 073 0 Page 75.

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Flora of Malawi: Protea angolensis var. divaricata
Flora of Mozambique: Protea angolensis var. divaricata
Flora of Zambia: Protea angolensis var. divaricata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Protea angolensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Protea angolensis
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iNaturalist: Protea angolensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Protea angolensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Protea angolensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Protea angolensis
Plants of the World Online: Protea angolensis
Tropicos: Protea angolensis
Wikipedia: Protea angolensis

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: Species information: Protea angolensis var. divaricata., retrieved 28 February 2024

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