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  1. Family: Proteaceae Juss.
    1. Protea L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa.

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    Flora Zambesiaca. Vol. 9, Part 3. Polygonaceae-Myriaceae. Pope GV, Polhill RM, Martins ES. 2006.

    Habit
    Trees up to 10 m high, or shrubs, or erect or prostrate suffrutices
    Leaves
    Leaves linear to suborbicular, sessile to petiolate, entire, usually rather coriaceous, glabrous to tomentose
    Flowers
    Flowers in dense heads 3–15 cm diameter, surrounded by a conspicuous involucre of bracts; bracts spirally arranged and forming several overlapping series, grading from very small in the outer series to elongate and almost equalling to exceeding the flowers in the inner series, sometimes brightly coloured, glabrous to tomentose; involucral receptacle flat to conical
    Perianth
    Perianth abaxial segment separating completely from the 3 adaxial segments which remain fused for ± their entire length
    Ovary
    Ovary scarcely differentiated from the base of the style, clothed with long stiff brown hairs exceeding itself in length, with a single ovule; style not flattened, glabrous or rarely hairy at the base, terminated by a linear pollen-presenter
    Fruits
    Fruit an obconic achene, with the long straight brown hairs persistent.
    Distribution
    A genus of c. 100 species, of which some 82 are in South Africa and c. 23 in tropical Africa.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Accepted Species

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Protea L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Mant. Pl. 2: 187 (1771)

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Beard, Proteas Trop. Africa: 1–112 (1993).
    • Kew Bull. 42: 815–853 (1987).
    • Rourke, Proteas S. Africa (1980).
    • Kirkia 3: 138–206 (1963).
    • Mant. Pl. Alt.: 187, 328 (1771).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0