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 Post subject: Shrub: Common sugarbush (Protea caffra)
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:37 pm 
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Is this the Bearded Sugarbush (protea magnifica)?

Photo taken on Kransberg (2010m above sea level) - Marakele National Park - 30 January 2007.

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Looks like the king protea to me, but I am no expert.

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Well, My best guess will have to be Common Sugarbush (Protea Repens), a member of the Protea family - the leaves of your protea really caught my eye for this ID. But the inside of the flower got me confused with the King Protea. So maybe Imberbe can clear this up?


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Well spotted on the leaves being wrong for King Protea, Mark!! I did a quick search using SANBI's very useful PlantZAfrica search feature and it would appear that bill's protea is in fact Protea caffra Meisn., also called common sugarbush, but different from Protea repens. Do a PlantZAfrica search on "king protea" and then look at the differences between these two types of suikerbos — same common name, but two different species. Very interesting indeed!! 8) :wink: Thanks Mark for making me curious enough about this to look further! :wink: :lol:

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In the early days of colonial settlement at the Cape, they used to make sugar from the "suikerbossie" (transl: sugar bush). I have heard that they used P. repens, but in all probability they used P. caffra as well, hence their shared common name.

Similarly, lots of Restionaceae have the common name of "dakriet" (roof reed) because they were used for thatching.

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My pleasure Arks! :D

I never researched properly either, just used my general knowledge. We had the Common Sugarbush growing in our garden, but it died now. So I recognised but made a teeny mistake with the latin name. Thanks Arks for clearing that up.

So Bill, you have the final answer: Common Sugarbush (Protea Caffra..)


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Yes that is Protea caffra, it is common around suikerbosrand, and the ridges around Johannesburg and Pretoria. A tip, first look at plant distributions that will usually narrow down your options. If I remember correctly there are only 3 or 4 protea species occurring up north and the king protea does not occur there.

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