Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Broad-leaf sugarbush

The Protea eximia or Broad-leaf sugerbush as its commonly known as, are quite widespread throughout the mountains of the Southern Cape, stretching from the mountains near Worcester through the Langeberg, Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains as far as Lady Slipper outside Port Elizabeth.  The Protea eximia flowers mainly from August to October and gets grown on Protea farms as they make a very good cut flower.  This one I photographed at the Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve near Port Elizabeth. 

For more information on this beautiful member of the Cape Floral Kingdom (Fynbos biome)visit SANBI (South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)'s PlantZAfrica website.

4 comments:

  1. I wonder if this is the sugar bush we get here. I read your link - it could be. The plants here grow into small trees. The Drakensberg also has natural plantations of them at a certain height above sea level - we've seen them in the Central and Northern regions (we haven't been to Southern Drakensberg) The Drakensberg is very interesting in that regard - vegetation differs as one climbs higher. Hmmm .. hubby and I need to go back there - haven't been for 2 years now - it's such a magnificent part of this beautiful country we live in

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  2. There are so many Protea, all equally beautiful.

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  3. I like the bright, eye-catching colours!

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