Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Proteales

Proteaceae - Protea family

Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S.K. (1993) Proteaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Chisumpa, S.M., Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S. (2006) Proteaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the family

Trees, shrubs or suffrutices. Stipules 0. Leaves alternate (in ours), simple, entire to toothed or pinnatifid (Grevillea). Inflorescence a raceme, spike or head. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic. Perianth 4-merous, the segments differentiated into a swollen base, narrow claw and expanded terminal limb, with the tube splitting before the limb to release a loop of the style. Stamens 4. Ovary superior, 1-locular. Fruit a follicle, capsule, drupe or nut.

Worldwide: 77 genera and 1600 species, in tropical and subtropical areas, especially the southern hemisphere and in particular South Africa and Australia.

Zambia: 3 genera and 27 taxa.

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Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Faurea Harv.Description
Grevillea R.Br. ex KnightDescription
Protea L.Description

Other sources of information about Proteaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Proteaceae
Flora of Malawi: Proteaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Proteaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Proteaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Proteaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Proteaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Proteaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=187, retrieved 17 August 2017

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