Protea Cynaroides, Flowering Plant

A Small Bush
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This example was a low small bush surrounded by, and tangled with, several other plants. Note the single flower bud about to bloom.


Protea Cynaroides, Native to South Africa   •  Strybing Arboretum internal link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 29 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:27:52 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132752_4134BCX
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Two Buds
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Each plant will produce about six blooms in a season, with the exceptional plant producing up to ten. Each of these buds was about 4 inches (10 cm.) tall. Each will turn into a flower roughly 10 inches (25 cm.) across. Unfortunately none were in bloom on this visit.


Protea Cynaroides, Native to South Africa   •  Strybing Arboretum internal link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 29 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:28:10 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132810_4145BCX
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Leafs Grow
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Leafs grow from the end of the stem. Some leaf clusters at stem ends will evolve into buds and flowers, but most will not. The stems themselves are red or brown in color.


Protea Cynaroides, Native to South Africa   •  Strybing Arboretum internal link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 29 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:28:24 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132824_4146BCX
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Red Stems
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The stems of the plant are red, but the leaves are a deep green. By coincidence, the flowers will also be red around the perimeter and white in the center.


Protea Cynaroides, Native to South Africa   •  Strybing Arboretum internal link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 29 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:28:32 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132832_4147BCX
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Red Bud
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Notice the red around the base of the bud. The is the red that will become the red edging of the flower.


Protea Cynaroides, Native to South Africa   •  Strybing Arboretum internal link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 29 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:28:46 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132846_4150BCX
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Three Buds
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Here were three large buds on one plant. Note a fourth in the right background and out of focus.


Protea Cynaroides, Native to South Africa   •  Strybing Arboretum internal link San Francisco, California   •  (Photo posted Tuesday 29 June 2010)   •  (Photo taken 13:29:02 Sunday 2 May 2010)   •  © 2010 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #132902_4151BCX
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