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Proteas — Remarkable and Beautiful

Proteas — Remarkable and Beautiful...

These are Mediterranean climate plants that grow in areas with relatively low rainfall and high summer temperatures. Proteas are famous for their beautiful, long-lasting blooms. Although indigenous to South Africa they grow well in various other parts of the world too – Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Chile, Portugal, Hawaii and small areas of southern and northern California. Of the Proteaceae, the members of...
Magnificent Floral Dinosaurs

Magnificent Floral Dinosaurs...

The ancestors of today's proteas were present hundreds of millions of years ago. The Proteaceae are an ancient family, probably one of the oldest groups of flowering plants. Scientific probes into the early history of plant‑life have shown that the ancestors of today’s proteas were present in Gondwanaland long before it began breaking up 300 million years ago. Paleontological studies indicate that this...