Protea asymmetrica Beard

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Protea asymmetrica

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Mt Nyangani, Nyanga

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Common names: Asymmetrical protea (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Native
Small shrub, up to 1.5 m, named for its typically asymmetrical flower heads.
Notes: The main population consists of a dense colony in coarse grassland, but smaller populations are known from Mt Nyangani and the Ringing Rock Botanical Reserve on the Wattle Co estates near Mtarazi.
Derivation of specific name: asymmetrica: with asymmetric flower heads
Habitat: In grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 2000 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Endemic to the Nyanga area of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Thursday 23 March 2006

Beard, J.S. (1963). The genus Protea in Tropical Africa Kirkia 3 Pages 195 - 196. (Includes a picture).

Chisumpa, S.M., Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S. (2006). Proteaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Page 78.

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

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 182.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 144.

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.

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

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 asymmetrica., retrieved 24 June 2024

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