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notation Prot
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Proteaceae original
definition Distribution: This family consists of 80 genera and 1766 species that is found mostly in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia and southern Africa have the greatest diversity of species within this family. Smaller numbers of species are known from Mexico, Central and South America, tropical Africa, Madagascar, India, eastern and south-eastern Asia, Malesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Fiji. In Australia, the family is represented by 47 genera and 1154 species and is found in all but the most arid regions. Speciation is most pronounced in south-western Western Australia, where prostrate to erect, usually sclerophyllous shrubs of large, ±locally endemic genera such as Petrophile, Conospermum, Synaphea, and Adenanthos grow in oligotrophic, sandy soils and lateritic gravels. Similarly, species of other largely extratropical genera such as Isopogon, Grevillea, Hakea and Banksia are numerous in the south-west. Diversity is also high in the eastern states where Proteaceae tend to inhabit siliceous soils. A small but mainly disjunct and relictual component comprising 16 small genera occupies the rainforests of north-eastern Queensland.

Description: The species within this family are prostrate to erect shrubs, or short to tall trees that are monoecious, andromonoecious or rarely dioecious (not in Australia).

For more details regarding the description of species within this family please see:

Pollen Morphology: See the specific descriptions in the different genus taxa within this family.
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