Protea pulchella Andrews

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea


The cone for two months before it opens is extremely beautiful, and it is in flower nearly one more; and this, at a time when the plant has, scarcely, attained a foot in height. It is not inclined to branch till it has flowered, but from the lower part of the cone the branches begin to extend. The leaves from their hairiness have a whitish appearance, are finely edged with a light pink, and are slightly waved. It is propagated by cuttings, should be planted in light sandy loam, and flowers in September. (Bot. Repos.)

From Bot. Reg. The involucre, which surrounds the numerous corollas of the inflorescence, constitutes the beauty of the plant. In our specimen some few of the upper leaves had a pink cartilaginous edge; the rest, however, an edge of the same colour as the disk.

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First published in Bot. Repos. 4: 270 in 1802 or 1803.

it was introduced by Mr. Niven, in the year 1799, amongst the first seeds which were sent, by him, from the Cape. (Bot. Repos.)

Synonym of Protea burchellii Stapf.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 20 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. This pretty shrub was found by Dr. Roxburgh, on the mountains in a district of the Cape of Good Hope, called Stellenboch... Introduced by Mr. Masson in 1795.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Protea speciosa L. 1771

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