Floral Friday : Protea

Protea /ˈprtə/ is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of South African flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes (Afrikaans: suikerbos).DSC_0076The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form at will, because they have such a wide variety of forms. The Proteaceae family to which proteas belong is an ancient one among angiosperms.

DSC_0079.Most protea occur south of the Limpopo River. However, Protea kilimanjaro is found in the chaparral zone of Mount Kenya National Park. 92% of the species occur only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land from Clanwilliam to Grahamstown, South Africa. The extraordinary richness and diversity of species characteristic of the Cape Flora is thought to be caused in part by the diverse landscape where populations can become isolated from each other and in time develop into separate species.Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th century. Many species were introduced to Europe in the 18th century, enjoying a unique popularity at the time amongst botanists.Within the huge family Proteaceae, they are a member of the subfamily Proteoideae, which has Southern African and Australian members. WikipediaDSC_0080

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I am also linking this post to Raewyn’s blog:  decocraftsdigicrafts,  for the five photos five stories challenge.( Day 2)

These Proteas were given to us  for our 38rd Wedding anniversary!

This is the second round  of this challenge for me, and I would like any one that would like to join in this great challenge to do so!


34 thoughts on “Floral Friday : Protea

  1. Hul bly tog maar besonders en baie mooi. Ek sien juis hier is mense wat een buite hul heining geplant het wat nou seker 5 blomme het wat oop is!

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