Protea compacta R.Br.

Bot River Protea, Bot River Sugarbush

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea

Category: Shrub

Size: To 12' tall


Single stemmed shrub. Leaves curve upwards, lance-shaped, no stems. Inflorescene to 5" diameter, bracts are red or white.

Our drawing of this beautiful Protea was taken at Messrs. Lee and Kennedy's, Hammersmith, where there are varieties with red, white, and bluish flowers. Flowers in May. (Bot. Mag. - Protea formosa).

See ProteaWorldOnline and PlantzAfrica for photographs.


Published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10(1): 76 in 1810.


Protea triandra Schltr., Protea formosa R.Br., Protea coronata Andrews, Leucospermum formosum Knight ex Loudon, Erodendrum formosum Salisb. (See Fl. Cap. (Harvey) 5(1): 570 in 1912.)

Native of the Cape of Good Hope, growing in the mountains of Hottentots-Holland, from whence it was introduced in 1789, by Mr. Francis Masson. (Bot. Mag.)

In the late 1600s and early 1700s this protea was overlooked by numerous botanists and plant collectors who visited South Africa. Only on his second visit to the Cape during 1789, did Francis Masson collect seeds and herbarium specimens. This was just outside Houw Hoek, which is near Bot River. Masson's collection was introduced to the Royal Botanic Garden , Kew with the first plants flowering in the early 1790s. (


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