Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Protea

This pretty unusual protea photographed this morning in perfect autumn weather is the Black-bearded Sugarbush (Protea lepidocarpodendron) that grows on Table Mountain and one or two places in the southwestern Cape but nowhere else. It is abundant on Table Mountain and our boys used to call it the "Hot Chocolate Protea".
The protea is not actually a flower but a flowerhead that consists of lots and lots of flowers pressed tightly together.


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4 comments:

  1. Very exotic looking.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  2. Looks very much like a pineapple. How unusual!
    Jane x

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  3. I never saw one like that before.

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  4. Wonderful photo, I have also never seen one, what do they look like when they open?

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