Brabejum L.

Common Name: Wild Almond

Family: Proteaceae

Published in: Sp. Pl. 1: 121. 1753.

Other: Monotypic genus. Type: B. stellatifolium L. This name is based on the word brabeion, which is Greek for sceptre and may refer to the inflorescence. But, a brabeion was also the prize awarded at the Pythian games held at Delphi, the prize being a crown of bay or laurel leaves, so it could equally refer to the vague resemblance between Brabejum leaves and those of the bay or laurel tree. (PlantzAfrica). Sometimes written 'Brabeium'.

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