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Fynbos and Proteas

The Protea is a indigenous plant of the southern hemisphere, found widely in the south-western and southern parts of South Africa, called the fynbos region.  On my first trip to the garden route I came accross the most incredible Flora and wildlife I have seen.  With a  stop off in the Tsitsikamma National Park for a light hike, I was blown away by the lush forrest and of course stopped to inspect the fynbos which is part of two dominant species of vegetation in the area.  This was part of the process of inspiration for the Ndebele Flora range, the King Protea which is the largest of the Protea species took the prize with its beautiful striking petals, and resembles a colourful crown.  In local tradition, the Protea flower represents change and hope, and it is because of this meaning that it has been made South Africa's national flower! 

Fun Fact- I also used the protea flower as the main flower on my wedding day! And don't forget that our National Cricket team is also called the Proteas!