Protea enervis Wild

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Protea enervis

Photo: Rawdon Goodier
Chimanimani Mts

Protea enervis

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani N.P.

Protea enervis

Photo: Neil Crouch
Red Wall Cave area, Chimanimani N.P.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Suffrutex with simple prostrate stems radiating from a woody rootstock; leaves and heads pointing upwards. Leaves up to 5 mm wide, linear to linear-lanceolate, falcate, acute, glabrous. Heads 4.5-8 cm in diameter; inner bracts shorter to about equalling the flowers. Flowers pink.
Derivation of specific name: enervis: without nerves, perhaps referring to the inconspicuous veins on the leaves
Habitat: Montane sandy grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 1390 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Confined to the Chimanimani mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Images last updated: Tuesday 3 April 2007

Beard, J.S. (1963). The genus Protea in Tropical Africa Kirkia 3 Pages 190 - 191. (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 103. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 45.

Chisumpa, S.M., Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S. (2006). Proteaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Page 85.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 92.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 176.

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.

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Page 137.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 97.

Other sources of information about Protea enervis:

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Flora of Mozambique: Protea enervis

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

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 enervis., retrieved 27 February 2024

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