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Protea Family Proteaceae
Belonging to the Proteaceae family, the Genus Protea is both the botanical name and the common name of a group of flowering plants. The genus was named in 1736 by Linnaeus (the renowned Swedish botanist, physician and zoologist) after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form at will., reflecting the diverse forms of the Protea.

The Proteaceae family to which Proteas belong is an ancient one. Its ancestors grew in Gondwanaland, 300 million years ago. Proteaceae is divided into two subfamilies: the Proteoideae, best represented in southern Africa, and the Grevilleoideae, concentrated in Australia and South America and the other smaller segments of Gondwanaland that are now part of eastern Asia. Africa shares only one genus with Madagascar, whereas South America and Australia share many common genera this indicates they separated from Africa before they separated from each other.

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Subfamily: Proteoideae
Genera: Protea
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Protea Images
Common Shuttlecock Sugarbush (Protea aurea aurea)
Common Shuttlecock Sugarbush (Protea aurea aurea), Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, New South Wales. Common Shuttlecock Sugarbush (Protea aurea aurea), Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, New South Wales.
Broadleaf Sugarbush (Protea eximia)
Broadleaf Sugarbush (Protea eximia), Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, New South Wales.  
King Protea (Protea cynaroides)
King Protea (Protea cynaroides), Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, New South Wales. King Protea (Protea cynaroides), Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, New South Wales.
 

Source:
Protea. (2006, December 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 09:54, December 30, 2006, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Protea&oldid=97156603
 
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