|A beautiful species of Mimetes, which I've seen|
identified as either M. cuculloides or
|In bud, the flowers of Protea cynaroides|
are enclosed in a cone-like series of
The flowers of the Proteaceae are mostly small, with tubular, nectar-filled bases, and most often grouped into compact heads. Many are surrounded by petal-like bracts, turning them in to compound flowers resembling those of the sunflower family. The Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden has a comprehensive collection, but many can be seen in the shrublands of the Fynbos in the region around Capetown. As is my custom, I will allow them to speak for themselves. Enjoy!
|The bud of Protea cynaroides opens like a large|
sunflower to reveal the many small flowers packed inside.
|One has to view the mysterious, dark, Protea nana from below|
to see its flowers. It is pollinated by rats attracted by its yeasty odor.
|Protea scolymocephala looks like a member of the sunflower|
family (Asteraceae) until you examine it closely.
|Most members of the genus Leucospermum, like the|
L. glabrum pictured here, do not have enclosing
bracts as do the Proteas.
|A pure yellow form of Leucospermum|
|The outer flowers of Leucospermum reflexum form a skirt at the base of|
the flower head.
|In Leucospermum oleifolium several small flower|
heads share a bed of yellowish bracts.
|In Leucodendron, like this L. elimense, the yellow-white|
bracts are conspicuous, but the flowers are not.
|Leucodendron argenteum has green bracts and yellowish flowers.|