May 13 - 19, 2012:
Happy Mothers Day to all Mums
All Images by A.J.Guesdon, 2012. Copyright AJGuesdon, 2012. All Rights Resreved
Above: Pink Mink Protea, flowering in Pittwater this week.
Proteaceae is a family of flowering plants distributed in the
Southern Hemisphere. The family comprises about 80 genera with about
1600species. Proteaceae are mainly a southern hemisphere family, with its main
centres of diversity in Australia and South Africa. Well known genera include
Protea, Banksia, Embothrium, Grevillea,
Hakea, Dryandra and Macadamia. Species such as the New
South Wales Waratah (Telopea speciosissima), King Protea (Protea
cynaroides), and various species of Banksia, Grevillea, and
Leucadendron are popular cut flowers, while the nuts of Macadamia
integrifolia are widely commercially grown and consumed. Proteaceae are
mainly a southern hemisphere family, with its main centres of diversity in
Australia and South Africa. It is a good example of a Gondwanan family, with
taxa occurring on virtually every land mass considered a remnant of the ancient
supercontinent Gondwana. The family and sub-families are thought to have
diversified well before the fragmentation of Gondwana, implying that all of them
are well over 90 million years old.
Proteaceae. (2012, April 21). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
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