Protea mucronifolia Salisb.

Dagger-leaf Sugarbush


Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea

Category: Shrub

Size: To 3' tall

Description: 

Erect branches. White to pale pink flowers with red tips.

In the delicate velvety white involucrum, with which the head of flowers is surrounded, together with the strong contrast of the red anthers upon the feather-tipped snowy petals, consists the chief beauty of this species : of which we do not find any account previous to that of Mr. Salisbury in the Paradisus Londinensis. (Bot. Mag.)

Protea with lance-shaped, mucronate leaves of a glaucous green: the involucrum tiled, small at the base, wedge-shaped, and greenish: those on the upper part are lance-shaped, spreading, pointed, and white: flowers are terminal and headed, flesh-coloured, with the petals adhering together. (Bot. Repos.)

See ProteaWorldOnline for photographs.

History: 

Published in Parad. Lond. 24 in 1806.

Native to South Africa (Cape of Good Hope).

Synonyms Protea mucronata auct. ex Meisn., Erodendrum mucronifolium Salisb. ex Knight, and Protea odoratissima Masson ex R.Br. (ProteaWorldOnline)

Also published in Bot. Repos. 500 in 1807-8 and Bot. Mag. 24: 933 in 1806.

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