May: Wild Flowers – Protea

Another post on wild flowers for Jude’s challenge – Proteas this time – specially for  Maurice over at iAMsafari. Hiking in the mountains or along the coast here in the Cape and you’re bound to come across a number of different protea.  They’re a magnificent genus  from the King protea to the spiderheads, blackbeards, silkypuffs, pincushions, cones, etc and pretty rife with showy species.  There are about 360 different species in southern Africa; Australia has many more – 800 (according to the Sasol Field Guide).

13 thoughts on “May: Wild Flowers – Protea

  1. Such beauty and I never knew that Australia also has proteas until very recently. Actually that Leucospermum cordifolium looks very much like a Banksia in your photo, which now makes sense as Banksias are in the family Proteaceae. Thank you so much for sharing these Liz.

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