IDM KwaZulu-Natal - Dwarf Grassland Sugarbush - Protea simplex
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Protea simplex - Dwarf Grassveld Sugarbush is a dwarf shrub with a woody rootstock and multiple stems. The stems are erect, not branching and slender (2-5 mm diameter), and hairless. The involucral bracts are hairless. The leaves arise all around the stem, and point upwards with the stem.
PR SIMP is badly underatlassed in the midlands. It is common in the berg, and around the Vryheid-Itala area. There must be connections between the two - this may be in the berg itself - in which case, why do we not have records?, or along the midlands - in which case there should be a lot more records. Elsa Pooley (374) shows it as common east of the berg to Pietermaritzburg. Please help!
Areas requiring data include:
3. Southern areas
Herbarium records are required for:
See Protea caffra caffra - Highveld Sugarbush for details on how to distinguish between the young plants of Pr caffra and mature Pr simplex. Watch out for hybrids between these two species!