Giant or king protea
The giant or king protea is widely distributed in the
south-western and southern areas of the Western Cape, from the
Cedarberg up to just east of Grahamstown.
The artichoke-like appearance of the flower-heads of the king
protea lead to the specific name ‘cynaroides’, which means ‘like
cynara’ (the artichoke). The name does not do justice to the
beautiful flower-heads of this protea, which is the largest in
the genus. A number of varieties in colour and leaf shapes are
found, but the most beautiful is the pink coloured flower.
Brownell, FG, Nasionale en Provinsiale Simbole. 1993.
Johannesburg: Chris van Rensburg Publications.
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