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IDM Cape Peninsula - Burchell's Sugarbush - Protea burchelli

A solid black dot indicates where the species is found.

Protea burchellii - Burchell's Sugarbush is the only species of Spoon-bract Sugarbush that occurs on the Peninsula. It is thought to be extinct on the Peninsula: all the plants present today are thought to have been planted. The source of these plants is unknown.

Pr burc was rare in 1839 on Lions Head and at Sea Point and the last record of the species was made from Lions Head in 1903. Tolerating shale and granite derived soils, it probably used to occur where Cape Town and Sea Point now stand.

Atlassers have responded to our request for more data with many populations, mostly along Tafelberg Road. Other populations include Lions Head and Silvermine. The records from Chapmans Peak and Elses Peak require verification.

With only 22 records from the Peninsula, we are desperately short of phenological data for all months.

Protea burchelli Distribution

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