The king protea (protea cynaroides) took the title of South Africa’s national flower in 1976. The king protea, so called because of its resemblance to a crown, is the largest of all proteas and is found in the Cape Floristic region.
Why was the protea chosen as a national symbol?
In 1976, South African flower was officially declared as South Africa’s national flower presiding over the previous “suikerbossie” flower (Sugar-bush). This resulted from protea wide distribution and prolific dominance in South Africa hence earning the popularity and status as one of the South African National symbols.
Are Proteas indigenous to South Africa?
The South African Floristic region is one of the world’s 6 recognised floristic regions. The most well-known and spectacular plant of our local flora is the Protea, commonly known as Sugarbush or Suikerbos. …
What does the protea symbolism for South Africa?
Below the bird is the protea, an indigenous flower of South Africa, which represents beauty, the aesthetic harmony of all its cultures, and South Africa flowering as a nation. The ears of wheat are emblems of the fertility of the land, while the tusks of the Africa elephant symbolise wisdom, steadfastness and strength.
Are Proteas poisonous?
Some grevillea species can trigger itching, redness and rashes if children have an allergic reaction on contact. All parts, especially the leaves, are poisonous (the stems are safe when cooked).
Do Proteas smell?
Most Protea species are either bird- or rodent-pollinated and have been described as either unscented or having a yeasty scent, respectively (e.g. Hargreaves et al., 2004, Wiens and Rourke, 1978).