Protea decumbens Thunb.


Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea

Description: 

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.)

History: 

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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