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Inflorescence of Protea cynaroides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Proteales
Family: Proteaceae

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Banks' Grevillea
female cone of Leucadendron
Grevillea a street tree

Proteaceae is a family of flowering plants. Mainly restricted to the Southern Hemisphere, it is a fairly large family, with around 80 genera but fewer than 2000 species. Together with the Platanaceae and Nelumbonaceae they make up the order Proteales.


Traditionally divided in two subfamilies:Persoonioideae and Grevilleoideae. Recently, workers have recognized seven subfamilies:

  • Persoonioideae,
  • Bellendenoideae,
  • Eidotheoideae,
  • Proteoideae,
  • Sphalmioideae,
  • Carnarvonioideae
  • Grevilleoideae

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