"Protea Gigantea. Rot" ("Protea Gigantea. Red"). Protea flowers in a field.; The photographer is Schaberg. Willibald Paul Schaberg (1900-?) was a missionary in South Africa West from 1929 to 1939 and again from 1948 onwards. It is not known when he stopped working or died. -- Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. In Africa no member of the Protea genus occurs further north than the Limpopo River. 92% of the species occur only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land from Clanwilliam to Grahamstown. -- Protea is South Africa's national flower.