Protea decumbens Thunb.

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea


Protea with doubly winged leaves, thread-shaped; small beads of flowers fitting close on the ends of the branches; flowers flesh-coloured with small floral leaves; stem slender and bending downwards. (Bot. Repos.)


Published in Diss. Protea 14 in 1781.

Basionym of Serruria decumbens (Thunb.) R.Br.

Also published by Thunb. in Prodr. Pl. Cap. 25 in 1794, Willd. in Sp. Pl., ed. 4 1(2): 506 in 1798, Lam. in Tabl. Encycl. 1: 239 # 1261 in 1791 and Poir. in Encycl. (J. Lamarck et al.) (Poiret) 5: 657 in 1804.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 5: 349 in 1804. (Andrews) This species is found at a considerable distance from the Cape Town, on the summits of dry sandy hills... Our drawing was taken in the month of July, 1802, from a plant in the Hibbertian Collection, to which it was introduced by Mr Niven, in the year 1800.

R.Br. cites P. decumbens Andrews under Serruria niveni R.Br.

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