A collection of full-colour photographs celebrating one of Southern Africa's most distinctive and interesting flower families, the Proteaceae. The text concisely touches on the ancient origins of these plants, and their distribution throughout the world and within the subcontinent, explaining the fascinating reasons for their prominence in the South-western Cape region. Most of the rest of the guide is taken up by informative and colourful examination of the different Protea groups together with the habitats in which they thrive. Other topics covered include: growth forms, pollination and seed dispersal, the role of fire in unlocking dormant species, ancient plants, new discoveries, recent extinctions, rare species, environmental threats and conservation.
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