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The Protea family

By accipiter  
Many thanks for the CC's on the Cape wildflowers. Much appreciated.
Today I have uploaded two well known members of the protea family - both well known as cut flowers and grown commercially now. However the proteaceae (of which there are many) are a very significant part of the Cape 'Fynbos' habitat - a largely unique flora of the South western Cape.
These were both photographed wild in the nature reserve on Paarl mountain near Cape Town.
V1 is a leucospermum - one of the varieties of 'Pin Cushion' flower. Note the waxy tip on the leaves.
V2 is the 'King Protea' and I have uploaded a shot which shows both the flower and the ' bud ' and the waxy red edging on the large leaves.This bloom is at least ten inches across and quite 'woody'.
I hope you like them.
More Cape flowers next upload if I can find the time.

Tags: Flower Flowers and plants Cushion Pin Cape. Leucospermum. Proteaceae. Fynbos.

Voters: debu, Hebe, VIKI and 44 more

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debu 9 India
16 Nov 2010 11:59AM
Lovely image.

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photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
16 Nov 2010 12:15PM
gorgeous and fascinating flowers, captured brilliantly
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 99 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 12:18PM
Two gorgeous shots.
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 12:19PM
2 beauties
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
16 Nov 2010 12:32PM
These are sytunning flowers, and unfortunately I have never seen one in a florists. Very well captured, look forward to seeing more SA beauties. Carol
Richsr 12 91 223 England
16 Nov 2010 1:25PM
Interesting looking flowers, good colours and details too.
Regards Richard
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
16 Nov 2010 1:56PM
V1 seems like a paint brush full of some red and yellow paint-- an interesting flower!
JillyW 9 1 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 2:02PM
Lovely images. I have seen these flowers in the florists but it is interesting to see them in their normal habitat. The leaves are lovely too.
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
16 Nov 2010 2:55PM
Two fine shots Arthur. The National Flower of South Africa I do believe.
phil99 13 45 6 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 2:56PM
Beautiful colour and detail....Phil
10 10 10 England
16 Nov 2010 3:06PM
Two excellent shots but especially like the colour and detail in V1.
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 4:09PM
pin sharp with good detail and I like the colour
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
16 Nov 2010 4:16PM
Well captured Arthur, great detail............Sandy
16 Nov 2010 4:23PM
Lovely well detailed shot A

xwang 10 56 8
16 Nov 2010 5:41PM
Excellent colour and detail, V1's light is beautiful,love it..xiaoli
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
16 Nov 2010 8:08PM
Two very attractive shots of these blooms, Arthur.
Billyray 11 70 3 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2010 8:45PM
Two cracking shots of two lovely flowers.
Rev2 9 302 2 England
17 Nov 2010 6:28AM
Great shot, shame it doesn't have a Cape Sugarbird sitting on it. Wink
17 Nov 2010 7:31AM
2 fine shots,
Ray42 11 3 England
17 Nov 2010 9:11AM
Two very good shots - the first looks as if its alight - excellent detail
bzbee Plus
15 108 3 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2010 8:16PM
lovely vibrant colours - looks like a fire!
mishu78 10 Canada
18 Nov 2010 3:13PM
Two lovely images!
tashi 9 2
19 Nov 2010 10:21AM
Two excellent images. Very beautifully captured and presented indeed.
agingrocker 10 28 1
21 Nov 2010 7:43PM
Superb set. The light and colours in v1 are fabulous
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2010 10:06PM
Oh so that's what a protea is. I think I'd assumed it was an antelope-thing! Smile
Mirec 10 23 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2011 1:42PM
Light and colours here are awesome. Great photo.

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