October 29, 2009
Pincushion protea – Flickr pic of the day
Anja says, “‘Pincushion’ is an apt description of this hardy yet delicate indigenous flower. It’s lovely to see these little ‘fireworks’ scattered in the mountains of the Western Cape at this time of the year,” she continues.
Proteas, South Africa’s national flower, are part of the fynbos family. There are only six floral kingdoms in the world, and fynbos not only constitutes one kingdom (the smallest) all on its own, but is the only one occurring entirely within one country.
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Image © Anja aka anni.b’s 2009