Colorful Protea flowers happen to be among my favorites.
They come in many forms, from tiny dwarf Protea flowers to Protea shrubs, and even large Protea trees. The Protea blooms range in size from two to twelve inches in diameter. Proteaceae as a plant family is so varietal that it challenged classification until 1735 when the Swedish botanist, Linnaeus, assigned this family a name. Linnaeus called this family ‘Proteaceae’ after the ‘Proteus’, who was the sea shepherd subject to the Greek god Poseidon. The name is an appropriate moniker for this plant that presents a breathtaking assemblage of contour, sizes, colors and textures. There are over 1,500 different species of this diverse family classified so far, although only about 160 are raised for commercial use.
For all of you fellow Harry Potter fans,
By adding “magnus”, the Latin word for “wizard”, to the word “animal as J.K. Rowling did coining the term “animagnus”: which boils down to a wizard who can become an animal. One of the first wizards to display this talent the Greek mythological figure Proteus. Proteus had the talent to know the past, present, and future. He was often asked to make predictions, so in order to dodge people he would convert into an animal or other creature. You are probably wondering where I am going with this, but something that changes shape is said to be ‘protean’. This is the word origin of the families in a floral group called Proteaceae. Continue reading