Protea rupestris R.E. Fr.

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Protea rupestris

Lusaka E, Chiawa GMA
Mar 2008
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Protea rupestris

Mpika-Serenje, Mpumba
Jun 2012
Photo: Mike Bingham

Protea rupestris

Flowering tree
Mpika-Serenje, Mpumba
Jun 2012
Photo: Mike Bingham

Protea rupestris

A form with bracts tipped cream
Mpika-Serenje, Mpumba
Jun 2012
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Protea bella Hauman
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
A sparsely branched tree to 8-10 m high, perhaps the tallest of the Proteas. Leaves 5.5-12 times as long as broad; 1.3-2.7(3.3) cm broad. Bracts red or pink towards the tips, occasionally cream coloured.
Type location:
Notes: Widespread in Zambia. Charcoal production a possible threat. Near threatened.
Derivation of specific name: rupestris: amongst rocks
Habitat: Open miombo woodland or wooded grassland on escarpment slopes, often in stony ground.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Apr - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique .and Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Mc,C,Lk
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Lower Risk - near threatened
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Content last updated: Monday 28 November 2016

Beard, J.S. (1963). The genus Protea in Tropical Africa Kirkia 3 Pages 162 - 163. (Includes a picture).

Beard, J.S. (1992). The Proteas of Tropical Africa Kangaroo Press Pages 38 - 40. Illustrated by Lura Ripley (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 230. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 105. (Includes a picture).

Chisumpa, S.M., Brummitt, R.K. & Marner, S. (2006). Proteaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 71 - 73. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 96. as Protea bella

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 85.

White, F. (1962). Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia Oxford Univ. Press. Pages 38 - 39. (Includes a picture).

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Protea rupestris., retrieved 27 February 2024

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