Protea speciosa (L.) L.

Brown-beard Sugarbush, Duke Sugarbush

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Size: To 4' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun


White flowers with brown tufts on the tips of the bracts. Leaves to 3.5" long and 2.5" wide.

Protea, with leaves lance-shaped, oblique, hairy, and waved: the upper scales of the empalement are lance-shaped, bearded, and of a yellowish white: the scales beneath are broadly ovate, downy, bearded, and discoloured towards the ends. Stem erect, and three feet high. (Bot. Repos.)

See ProteaWorldOnline for photographs.

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Published in Mant. Pl. Altera 191 in 1771.

Basionym Leucadendron speciosum L.

Synonym Protea speciosa var. angustata Meisn., Protea barbata Lam., Erodendrum magnificum Salisb. ex Knight.

Native to South Africa.

Species also published in Bot. Repos. 7: 438 in 1806: This fine large Protea we believe is not at present in any other collection in Europe, but that of G. Hibbert, esq. It is enumerated in the Hortus Kewensis under the name of Protea speciosa, but the plant itself has been long lost to those gardens. Thunberg, in his dissertation on Protea, describes our plant exactly, under the appellation of speciosa: and, that no doubt might remain with respect to the specific adopted, our figure has been compared with a remarkable fine specimen in the herbarium of A. B. Lambert esq., sent by Dr. Roxburgh from the Cape of Good Hope under the title of "Protea speciosa of Hottentot Island."

Protea speciosa var. foliis glabris Andrews is considered a synonym.

ProteaWorldOnline lists additional synonyms: Protea patersonii L.Bolus.

Also published by R.Br. in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 78 in 1810.


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