Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Protea compacta
Common name - Botrivier Protea
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Habitat Coastal foothills
Flowering time Winter/Spring
Description A single-stemmed, erect and sometimes untidy shrub up to 5 m tall. The oval leaves are heart-shaped at the base (50-130 mm long, 20-55 mm wide) and flowerheads (90-120 mm long, ca. 60 mm wide) have pink involucral bracts that are fringed with hairs. Seeds are retained in seedheads until fire occurs when they are released. They occur as large, dense stands in acid sand proteoid fynbos of both mountainous and flat areas.
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