The name of the plant family Proteaceae as well as the genus Protea, both to which P. cynaroides belongs to, got its name from the Greek god Proteus, who was able to change into many forms. This is a very apt name, seeing as the genus are known for their astonishing variety and diversity of flowers and leaves. THE KING PROTEA Wikipedia.conThe king protea, (Protea cynaroides) is a distinct member of the Protea genus, which is a flowering plant. It is called the king protea as it is by far, the largest flower head in the protea species. The king protea is also called giant protea, king sugar bush or honeypot.As mentioned above, there are approximately 81 variations of king protea. Here are some varieties It is widely distributed in the western and southern parts of South Africa in what is referred to as the fynbos region.The king protea is the national flower of South Africa. The king protea has many color forms of which 81 have been recognized so far. Some varieties display the pink of the flower and red borders of leaves as creamy yellow. This unusual flower has a long vase life and also makes amazing dried flower arrangements.The Protea cynaroides is adapted to survive fires because, its thick underground stem, contains dozens of dormant buds; that will produce the new growth after a wildfire.SOURCE: https://www.isnare.com/encyclopedia/Protea_cynaroides
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