Protea speciosa var. nigra Andrews


Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Protea

Parent: Protea speciosa

History: 

Andrews published this as a separate variety in Bot. Repos. 2: 103 in 1800.

It is to the curious and beautiful structure of the empalement, (the flowers being nearly concealed within it,) that this species of Protea owes its specific title, and for which it is so much admired. There are different varieties of it, which are considered by Thunberg, in his Diss. de Prot. of 1781, as distinct species; but which are certainly only varieties of one stock... This plant was first introduced to the Royal Gardens at Kew, from the Cape of Good Hope, in 1786, by Mr. F. Masson... (Bot. Repos.]

In Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 80 in 1810 R.Br. shows this plant as a synonym of Protea melaleuca R.Br. which is now considered a synonym of Protea lepidocarpodendron (L.) L.


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