A King Protea (King Cynaroides) from our garden today...I waited until the sun touched the petals.... The protea is our National flower as well as being the name and emblem of our National Cricket team. This bush has about 100 proteas flowering at present and is a sight to behold. They grow wild in the Western Cape and their are many as 81 family garden varieties. Proteas are from an ancient plant system, and do not have petals but sepals.They are fine example of the african fynbos... They are bird pollenated. I have also uploaded a few images of the other proteas on the bush.