Protea nana (P.J.Bergius) Thunb.

Mountain-rose Sugarbush, Nodding Mountain-rose, Needle-leaf Erodendrum

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea

Category: Shrub

Size: To 4' tall

Exposure: Sun


Erect stems. rounded form. Hanging flowers, red. Needle-like dense foliage. Well-drained soil.

See ProteaWorldOnline for photographs.


Published in Diss. Protea 30 in 1781.

Native to South Africa.

Basionym Leucadendron nanum (P.J.Bergius) Thunb.

Synonym Protea rosacea L., Protea acuifolia Salisb., Erodendrum acuifolium Salisb. ex Knight.

Also published in Thunb. in Diss. Protea #29 in 1781 and Prodr. Pl. Cap. 26 in 1794, Aiton in Hortus Kew. 3: 484 in 1789, Willd. in Sp. Pl., ed. 4 1(2): 519 in 1798, R.Br. in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 60 in 1810.

R.Br. shows Protea nana published in Lam. in Tabl. Encycl. 1: 233 # 1208 in 1791 and Poir. in Encycl. (J. Lamarck et al.) (Poiret) 5: 639 in 1804 as synonyms of Protea acaulis Thunb. ProteaWorldOnline concurs (at least for Lam.)


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