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IDM KwaZulu-Natal - Alpine Sugarbush - Protea dracomontana

Protea dracomontana DistributionA solid black dot indicates where the species is found.

Protea dracomontana - Alpine Sugarbush is a low shrub, 0.5-1.5 m tall, up to I m across, with rarely branched, erect stems arising from a robust rootstock. The stems are stout (5-10 mm diameter). Involucral bracts are hairless. Petal tube 10 mm long, hairless below.

PR DRAC occurs from Royal Natal National Park to Underberg. It is almost a provincial endemic.

Herbarium records are required for the atlas range extensions recorded at:
2929BB Hlatikulu Rd l lkm Mooi R (ADF)
2930AD Summit Mt Gilboa (BRB)
3029DA Mt Noele (ATA) & Fairview (CBD)

The following herbarium records are known, but have not yet been atlassed:
2929 DB Impendle 1585m
2929 DC Himeville hilltop, Ipolele 1675m

The following Herbarium records are suspect and should be followed up in the field:
3028 BB Boardman 295 - Halfway up pass to Ramatsieliso (Matatiele) [Sehlabat. Herb]


Surprisingly, this species does not appear to easily be confused with Pr caJfra. Its usually unbranched stems and social habit help to make Pr dracomontana easily identifiable. Its robust character helps to make it quite distinct from the delicate Pr simplex and Pr parvula. Again, as with Pr simplex, watch out for hybrids where the various species of Grassveld Sugarbushes occur together Please atlas these hybrids as well!

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