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A patriotic post

I have just worked out how to export the mass of photos on my computer and as I suspected, I have two pictures of South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea. According to Wikipedia (our current source of all knowledge), The King Protea (Protea cynaroides), also known as Giant Protea, Honeypot or King Sugar Bush, is widely distributed in the southwestern and southern parts of South Africa. It has the largest flower head in the genus, several colour forms (in some varieties the pink of the flower and red borders of leaves are replaced by a creamy yellow) and horticulturists have recognised 81 garden varieties. The specific label cynaroides refers to the artichoke-like appearance of the flowerheads; the artichoke belongs to the genus Cynara.

King Protea
King Protea