Species Protea tenax
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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 tenax:
Typically refers to tenax = 'sticky' (Latin), though may mean strong or tough (tenacious).
Trans. Linn. Soc. London 10: 88 (1810)