Protea wentzeliana Engl.

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Protea wentzeliana

Photo: Neil Crouch
Base camp to hut, Chimanimani N.P.

Protea wentzeliana

Photo: Neil Crouch
Base camp to hut, Chimanimani N.P.

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Synonyms: Protea crinita Beard
Protea neocrinita Beard
Common names:
Status: Native
Small shrub with many, mostly unbranched stems to to 1.5 m tall. Leaves up to 12 cm long, dull green, leathery, covered in shaggy appressed hairs when young, becoming hairless when older. Flower heads mostly 7-9 cm in diameter, bracts usually brownish with a pink tip, brownish to greyish hairy when young, usually remaining strongly ciliate at the margins. Flowers 3.5-5.5 cm long, white, sometimes pink-tinged at the apex.
Notes: This species was formerly described as P. neocrinita and was considered endemic to the Chimanimani Mts. More recently this taxon has proven to be conspecific with P. wentzeliana, which also occurs elsewhere in Africa.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1300 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Central Angola, southern Tanzania, Malawi and the Chimanimani Mountains of Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
Insects associated with this species:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 9 February 2010

Beard, J.S. (1963). The genus Protea in Tropical Africa Kirkia 3 Page 197. as Protea crinita (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 233.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 106. (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) Pages 77 - 78.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 168. As Protea neocrinita

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 145. As Protea neocrinita

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. also as Protea neocrinita

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

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 98.

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Flora of Malawi: Protea wentzeliana
Flora of Mozambique: Protea wentzeliana

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Protea wentzeliana
African Plant Database: Protea wentzeliana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Protea wentzeliana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Protea wentzeliana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Protea wentzeliana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Protea wentzeliana
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Protea wentzeliana
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Protea wentzeliana
iNaturalist: Protea wentzeliana
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Protea wentzeliana
JSTOR Plant Science: Protea wentzeliana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Protea wentzeliana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Protea wentzeliana
Plants of the World Online: Protea wentzeliana
Tropicos: Protea wentzeliana
Wikipedia: Protea wentzeliana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Protea wentzeliana., retrieved 25 September 2021

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