Author: Jan Scholten
Gen.era: 1700 species
Names: Protea derives from the Greek god Proteus, a deity changing between many forms.
Botany: astonishing variety and diversity of flowers and leaves.
In the Apg3 classification Proteaceae is placed in the Order Proteales, together with Nelumbonaceae and Platanaceae.
This family is peculiar in the sense of its abundance in the southern hemisphere, South Africa and Australia and lack of presence in other regions of the world.