Protea caespitosa Andrews

Bishop Sugarbush, Dual-leafground Protea, Turfy Erodendrum

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea

Category: Shrub

Size: To 28" tall


Protea with rigid, lance-shaped, hairy leaves, waved, smooth, and spreading, with an ascending point, convex above, and concave beneath: head of flowers globular, and terminal. Blossoms of a rusty colour. Scales hairy, and of a bright red on the inside. Stem low.

This new dwarf Protea is named from its sod- or turf-like appearance. Although of low and growth, it is by no means deficient in attraction. The inner side of the imbricating scales is of a fine red, which is a great addition to its beauty whilst expanded: but in our plant this was of short duration, occasioned by the pressure of the leaves from the rapid growth of the surrounding side shoots. (Bot. Repos.)

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Published in Bot. Repos. 8: 526 in 1808.

Native to South Africa (Cape of Good Hope).

Synonyms Protea oleracea L.Guthrie, Protea turbiniflora (Salisb.) R.Br., Erodendrum turbiniflorum Salisb., Erodendrum caespitosum Salisb. ex Knight.


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