With about 1, 464 species[1] worldwide, the protea is among the most fascinating plants. These incredibly gorgeous fynbos plants attract insects and birds such as bees and sunbirds with their rich, sweet nectar.

Protea Flower

Proteas are found throughout the mountain ranges of Australia and South Africa, appearing in all their glory in various regions. Protea is a genus of plants also known as maples. The Proteaceae family, to which the Protea species belong to, is ancient among angiosperms.

Protea Flower Closeup

Proteas exist as woody trees or shrubs (never herbaceous plants). Its stems are typically strong and relatively short (about 1 meter), and their color varies from greenish-yellow to dark brown.

Protea Flower Cup Shaped

Protea leaves are hard and leathery. They are sessile and can be pointed or round. They are alternately arranged on the stalk and sometimes point outward from the stalk at an acute angle.

Protea Flower

Protea blossoms are conspicuous, long-lasting, and typically come in yellow, cream, white, red, and pink shades. The inflorescence of the protea flower can be described as cup-shaped, calyxWhat is calyx?A collective term for all the sepals of a flower; the lowermost whorl of floral orgrans (Plural form is calyces).-shaped, or bowl-shaped.

Protea Pale Purple Flowers

Proteaceae Family Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“African Protea | San Diego Zoo Animals & Plants”. Accessed May 02, 2022. Link.


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