King Protea – December 2009
The King Protea or Protea Cynaroides is a flowering plant in the family Proteaceae (which family, incidentally, belongs to the same order of plants as plane trees and lotus flowers – the order Proteales). Proteaceae are mainly southern hemisphere plants, with the greatest concentrations of diversity being in Southern Africa and Australia. It is a good example of a Gondwanan family, or a family of plants that developed on the supercontinent Gondwanaland before it split up into the continents we know today, explaining how closely related species occur in far flung locations.
The King Protea has the largest flower head in the family (6 inches or more in diameter), and it is also the national flower of South Africa.
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