Protea laetans

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Blyde River protea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae
Genus: Protea
Species: P. laetans
Binomial name
Protea laetans

Protea laetans, the Blyde River protea or Blyde sugarbush, is a localized plant of the family Proteaceae. It was recognised as a species in 1970, and is endemic to the Blyde River Canyon of the Mpumalanga escarpment, South Africa.[1] The slender plants are up to 5m tall and flower from mid to late summer. The bracts of their closed flower heads are shiny and silvery in appearance.[1] They are most easily viewed near the F.H. Odendaal camp of the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. Laetans means joyous, i.e. Blyde.


  1. ^ a b Onderstall, Jo (1984). Transvaal lowveld and escarpment. South African wild flower guide. 4. Cape Town: Botanical Society of South Africa. p. 86. ISBN 0-620-07750-6.