Diastella myrtifolia (Thunb.) Salisb. ex Knight

Tulbagh Silkypuff, Myrtle-leaf Diastella

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Diastella

Category: Shrub

Size: To 3' tall


Sub-shrub. Sprawling branches. Green bracts.

This is the tallest species yet known, being often 7 and 8 feet high... Stem erect, very much branched. Leaves 1 1/2 to 2 lines broad, 5 to 8 lnog, elliptic, the callosity at their point broad and very obtuse. Upper Bractes longer than the Flowers. Stigma rather thick. (Cult. Prot.)


Published in Cult. Prot. 63 in 1809.

Native to South Africa.

Basionym Protea myrtifolia Thunb.

Synonym Protea dichotoma Lam.

Synonym from R.Br. in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 110 in 1810:Mimetes myrtifolia R.Br.


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