Protea Atlas Logo
  Overview of Project
  Project Staff
  Checking, Illustrations
  Upcoming Activities
  Id and  Species Lists
  Protea Information
  Protea Gallery
  Growing Proteas
  Interim Dist. Maps
  Afrikaanse Inligting


Daisy Family

Daisies are similar to proteas in that the flowerheads consist of many flowers.   However, the flowers of daisies have their parts in five (four in proteas) and have ovaries below the petals (in proteas the ovaries are above the petals and thus gain no protection - against predators, damage by pollinators, etc.).  Also, the petal-like parts of the flowerhead are modified leaves in proteas, but modified flowers in diasies. The modified leaves below the flowers in the Daisy Family are used - together with the seed shape - to group the family into major sections.

The Daisy Family is the largest family in the flowering plants. Protea lookalikes occur in:

  1. Oldenbergia and
  2. Helipterum

Back Protea Lookalikes