Protea cynaroides: King Protea

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The King Protea [Protea cynaroides] is a flowering plant. It is a distinctive Protea, having the largest flower head in the genus. The species is also known as Giant Protea, Honeypot or King Sugar Bush. It is widely distributed in the southwestern and southern parts of South Africa of the fynbos region.

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The King Protea is the National Flower of South Africa.  The King Protea has several color forms and horticulturists have recognized 81 garden varieties, some of which have injudiciously been planted in its natural range. In some varieties the pink of the flower and red borders of leaves are replaced by a creamy yellow. This unusual flower has a long vase life in flower arrangements, and makes for an excellent dried flower.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore, 20130316

Source: Wikipedia

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