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Protea Sulphurea, at about 1,300 mt above sea-level, Swartberg Mountains

I haven't found a lot of information on this species.
The name protea Sulphurea has been inspired by the sulphur-blue colour found in both the leaves and flowers.
It doesn't seem to be in the list of South African endangered plant species.

Regardless of it's status or classification, I was fascinated by this lonely shrub covered in the most amazing flowers, after climbing a very high, rough mountain side for 3 hours. There was hardly any vegetation at that altitude and suddenly these magical pendular flowers caught my eye.
I had never seen this type of wild protea before and stopped for a long time, admiring this miracle of Nature and enjoying the Karoo horizon which was endless from high in the Swartberg mountains.

This mountain side showed signs of a fire which must have consumed the whole flora around this area some 2 years prior. Because it growns in a deep rock, this protea shrub didn't burn and stood out even more amongst this naked landscape.

Just for this, it was worth all the climb :-)



Habit: A low dense shrub up to 0.5m tall
Fire survival: Killed, only seeds survive
Sexual system: Both sexes in each flower
Flowers: April - August
Pollinator: Birds
Fruit: Retained for a few years
Seed dispersal: Wind
Rarity status: Not threatened
Habitat: Dry, arid sandstone soils, between 1000-1550 meters above sea-level only
Distribution: Hex River Mountains to Swartberg and Waboomsberg

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