Proteaceae (weeds)

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Protea cynaroides (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: Stan Shebs
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Proteales - Proteaceae (weeds) - (protea family)

This family Proteaceae (order Proteales) contains more than 1000 species of trees and shrubs, many of them are found in tropical and subtropical parts of the southern hemisphere. Several species are grown as ornamentals and some are important forest and timber trees. However a number of species are invasive and weedy. E.g. Hakea sericea (needlebush) is native in Australia but has spread to some other regions.

The leaves are simple and often leathery, the flowers can be combined into spectacular cone-shaped inflorescences. The individual flowers are small and have 4 stamens.

The following genera are currently entered under this family: