NOW YOU KNOW IT – THE PROTEA
Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of South African flowering plants, sometimes also called sugar bushes (Afrikaans: suikerbos) or fynbos.
In local tradition, the protea flower represents change and hope.
The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form at will much like the Protea has so many different forms.
The Proteaceae has about 1500 subspecies and can be divided into two main subfamilies.
– The Proteoideae, best represented in southern Africa and,
– The Grevilleoideae, concentrated in Australia and South America.
The Protea is the national flower of South Africa and the same name is used when referring to many National Sports Teams like the South African Cricket team is called the Proteas.
The King Protea (P. cynaroides) is adapted to an environment in which bushfires are essential for reproduction and regeneration.
The Overstrand has a massive variety of Protea that grows next to the road and the best time to see them is between June and September.
Please note it is illegal to pick wild Protea Flower. We strongly encourage visitors to take a camera with them and take plenty of photos.
What is your favorite Protea?