On the cultivation of the plants belonging to the natural order of Proteeae/Josephia

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Josephia R. Br.

Flores in Capitulos terminali. Bracteæ numerosæ, in Involucrum imbricatæ, floribus breviores nullis interstinctis. persistentes. Cætera ut in Banksia? Frutices: foliis simplicibus, in plerisque spinulosæ dentatis. Flowers in a terminal Head. Bractes numerous, imbricated into an Involucrum shorter than the flowers, none between them persistent. Other parts as in Banksia? Shrubs: leaves simple, in most species dentated.

A genus, most happily selected by Mr. Robert Brown, to bear the Christian name of his great Patron.


Sessilis,

1. J. folliis 1–1½ pollicem longis, obcuneatis, rare serratis, subtus fere lævibus: bracteis floribus ⅔ brevioribus: stigmate clavato.

Sessile Josephia.

This species, discovered by Mr. A. Menzies on the West coast of New Holland, is not unlike some varieties of Ilex Aquifolium, and now in his Majesty's collection at Kew. Leaves 1-1½ inch long, obcuneate, distantly serrated, almost smooth underneath. Bractes ⅔ shorter than the flowers. Stigma club-shaped.

Rachidifolia,

3. J. foliis 5–9 pollices longis, sublinearibus, dense alteque serratis, subtus valde tomentosis: bracteis floribus ½ brevioribus: stigmate conico.

Banksia nivea. Labill. Voy. 1. p. 413. t. 24. Vertebral Josephia.

A low shrub, discovered by Labillardiere on the West coast of New Holland, in calcareous soil mixed with sand. Leaves 5 to 9 inches long, nearly linear, deeply serrated, very cottony underneath. Bractes ½ shorter than the flowers. Stigma shortly conical. They delight in a dry airy part of the Greenhouse.