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The Proteaceae family to which proteas belong is an ancient one. Its ancestors grew in Gondwanaland, 300 million years ago. Proteaceae is divided into two subfamilies: the Proteoideae, best represented in southern Africa, and the Grevilleoideae, concentrated in Australia and South America and the other smaller segments of Gondwanaland that are now part of eastern Asia. Africa shares only one genus with Madagascar, whereas South America and Australia share many common genera — this indicates they separated from Africa before they separated from each other.

Middletown, Albany in Western Australia

Canon 40D, 17-85 mm canon lens

Comments

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Robert! Inst fave:))

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    Magnificent capture, love the protea flower they remind me of my old home back in SA. They last such a long time in a vase.

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 3 years ago

    Beautiful AND very informative! XXSUEXX

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

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