Protea scolymus Thunb.

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea


Protea, with lance-shaped acute smooth leaves and a round terminal smooth head of flowers. (Bot. Repos.)


Published in Diss. Protea 33 in 1781.

Also published by Andrews in Bot. Repos. 6: 409 in 1804 and Thunb. in Prodr. Pl. Cap. 26 in 1794, Willd. in Sp. Pl., ed. 4 1(2): 522 in 1798, Lam. in Tabl. Encycl. 1: 236 # 1231 in 1791. Poir. in Encycl. (J. Lamarck et al.) (Poiret) 5: 647 in 1804, Sims in [pub:/BotM Bot. Mag.] 19: 698 in 1803 and R.Br. in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 86 in 1810.

Synonym of Protea scolymocephala (L.) Reichard (ProteaWorldOnline).

There is probably more than one variety of this species of Protea, for it is described by Thunberg as having purplish corollas ; in our plant the style only is purple... As Schrader's figure is not quoted as a synonym of Protea scolymus by Willdenow or Martyn, it is probable that these authors had some doubts about it... Our plant is undoubtedly the fame as his, and whoever will compare Boerhaave's figure with both will, we apprehend, be convinced that they must all belong to the same species... Introduced according to Hortus Kewensis in 1780, by the Countess of Strathmore. (Bot. Mag.)

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