Proteaceae, Protea cynaroides, King Protea – Eastern Cape Prov. South Africa
Here are some photos I took of Protea cynaroides. This is the national plant of South Africa, native to the fynbos region. I took the photos at the UC Berkeley Botanical garden.
The name of the plant family Proteaceae and the genus Protea, derive from the name of the Greek god Proteus, who had the ability to change between many different forms. In the family and genus, respectively, there is a vast diversity of flowers and leaves. The genus Protea has more then 92 species. The species cynaroides makes reference to the artichoke-like flowerheads. The artichoke belongs to the genus Cynara. P. cynaroides has the largest flower in the genus.
A thick underground stem makes enables this species to survive wildfires.
This species can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. Cuttings should be semi-hardwood 6-10 cm long and treated with rooting hormone.
Here is a link to additional posts from this site from the Proteaceae family...
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