Species Protea intonsa
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Etymology of Protea:
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.
Etymology of intonsa:
From the Latin intonsus = 'unshaven', referring to the untidy hairiness of the plant
J. S. Afr. Bot., 37(3): 183 (1971); J. S. African Bot. 37: 183-188 (1971)