Plant profile: Protea montana

Protea montana seed head by Ben Ram
Protea montana seed head by Ben Ram

Species: Protea montana

Common name: Swartberg Sugarbush

Threat status: Vulnerable

Country of origin: South Africa

Another mountain species this carpeting shrub looks like a mat of grass at first glance. It is only found in the Swartberg and Kammanassie mountains of South Africa the low growing, rodent pollinated Swartberg sugarbush is found growing only on steep slopes between 1600 and 2000m. Its population is showing a steady decline, particularly in the Kammanassie Mountains and forecasts only show this to get worse.

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