WPC: Layers

Peel back the outer, protective layers of a protea flower and be amazed at the powerhouse of internal workings for seed production.  The outer layers are tough and leathery to withstand the fierce,drying winds and the flower head must also contend with dehydration from the baking sun.

Well wrapped and protected by the outer bracts.
Well wrapped and protected by the outer bracts.
A cross section of the internal structure.
A cross section of the internal structure.
Pollinating tools, the setting of stamens, pistols and other pollen gathering structures.
Pollinating tools, the setting of stamens, pistols and other pollen gathering structures.

The Protea family is named after Proteus, the sea-god of Homer’s legends who could change his shape at will. Carl Linnaeus, the famous Swedish botanist was impressed by the amazing variation of this group of plants and was responsible for the naming back in 1735.  The Proteaceae are a fascinating family of ancient plants with a lineage which goes back 135 million years to the super continent, Gondwanaland.

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