Protea enervis Wild

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Protea enervis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Small ravine just inside Mozambique-Zimbabwe border, Chimanimani Mts National Park

Protea enervis

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Small ravine just inside Mozambique-Zimbabwe border, Chimanimani Mts National Park

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Common names:
Status: Native
Suffrutex with simple prostrate stems radiating from a woody rootstock; leaves and heads pointing upwards. Leaves up to 5 mm wide, linear to linear-lanceolate, falcate, acute, glabrous. Heads 4.5-8 cm in diameter; inner bracts shorter to about equalling the flowers. Flowers pink.
Notes: Surprisingly, despite being fairly frequent on the Zimbabwe side of the mountains, this species has so far only once been recorded from the Mozambique side and that only just c. 200 m inside the border (Wursten & Dondeyne BW2066, 2011-05-16, BR).
Derivation of specific name: enervis: without nerves, perhaps referring to the inconspicuous veins on the leaves
Habitat: Montane sandy grassland
Altitude range: 1390 - 2000 m
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Worldwide distribution: Confined to the Chimanimani mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Monday 30 August 2021

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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 103. (Includes a picture).

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Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 92.

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Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 144.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 69.

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Page 137.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 97.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Protea enervis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Protea enervis
African Plant Database: Protea enervis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Protea enervis
JSTOR Plant Science: Protea enervis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Protea enervis
Plants of the World Online: Protea enervis
Tropicos: Protea enervis
Wikipedia: Protea enervis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Protea enervis., retrieved 22 June 2024

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