Protea humiflora Andrews

Patentleaf Sugarbush, Grass-leaf Sugarbush, Ground Sugarbush, Prickly Protea


Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea

Category: Shrub

Size: To 6' spread

Description: 

Low, sprawling shrub. Saucer-shaped inflorescences, bracts with red tips.

Of this perfectly new species of Protea we have represented the entire plant, just as we found it growing in the conservatory of G. Hibbert, esq., where it has flowered for the first time in this country. In the flowers it resembles the P. cordata, in its foliage the P. canaliculata, allied to each and yet removed from both. The procumbent situation of its crowded blossoms gives a singularity to its appearance, and altogether it is certainly a very interesting species. It should be planted in a light loamy soil, and kept in an airy part of the green-house. (Bot. Repos.)

See ProteaWorldOnline for photographs.

History: 

Published in Bot. Repos. 8: 532 in 1808.

Native of the Cape of Good Hope.

ProteaWorldOnline lists synonyms:

Protea humiflorens Willd., Protea humifusa Meisn., Protea humilis R.Br., Pleuranthe glastifolia Knight.

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Sources of Information

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