An east-west range of mountains in the Agulhas / Overberg region between the towns of Elim and Napier/Bredasdorp. Much of hte land is held within a conservancy, but is threatened by alien infestations of both pine, Leptospermum laevigatum and wattle. A botanical survey was done by Ross Turner in 2007 which he rediscovered Erica recurvata, only known from a plate published in Andrew's Heathery in 1845.
Gk. mimetes = imitator, mimic. Possibly given this name because some of its features, like the toothed leaves, bear a close resemblance to other family members, like Leucospermum, better known as pincushion. The genus itself is distinctive.
From the Latin punctatus meaning 'spotted or dotted with glands'
Gk. After Proteus, a mythological sea-god, who could change his form at will, taking new shapes. Seemingly Linnaeus was so over-awed by the variety of plants sent to him from the Cape that he named the genus Protea. The authors could not confirm this.
Commemorating William John Burchell (1781-1863), a 19th-century English explorer, British naturalist, traveller, artist and author. He discovered and documented many species during his travels through Southern Africa. He landed in Cape Town in 1810 and undertook many smaller trips. From 1811-1815 he covered over 7000km. He returned to England with over 50 000 plant specimens and published two volumes entitled Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa in 1822 and 1824.
Johannes Ludwig Leopold Mund (1791-1831), pharmacist, botanical collector and later land surveyor. He was sent to the Cape as an official plant collector by the Prussian government. He visited Knysna and Plettenburg Bay east as far as Uitenhage.