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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Protea in the garden

Protea in the garden

By PATSY HOLLIS | Not far from the Japanese Garden in the Royal
Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is a section devoted to proteas and
leucadendrons, flowers from Africa that were first seen in Europe in
the early years of the 17th century and described as "curious
botanical novelties" for their dazzling array of sizes, shapes and
colours.

Not so curious to our eyes because proteas and leucadendrons are from the family Porteaceae, which is confined to the southern hemisphere and includes the banksia, telopea, hakea and chilean fire bush.

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