and HELLO! Back with thousands of images and millions of fantastic memories!
Now, I have seen them where they grow... in the wild, in the Cape, on Table Mountain, AMAZING!
I can absolutely see why this is called the 'PINCUSHION' PROTEA.
'Die enig eg SUIKERBOSSIE (in Afrikaans).' Sugar-bush...
The outside feels as it looks: waxy, but the inside is like down feathers...
They are so exotic to me, but where they grow they are just part of people's world, he?
Protea flowers normally remain closed, (with the style curved, and the stigma within the mass of tepals), until an insect, bird, or rodent disturbs the flower. At that point, the flower snaps open, the style straightens and the stigma is held some distance above the bloom. NATURE at it's VERY best!!!