Proteas are among Africa's most spectacular flowers. The plants grow as medium sized shrubs and put out huge blooms the size of a
saucer. They are especially favored by interior designers who use them in dramatic floral arrangements such as you see in hotel
lobbies. The flowers last a long time tookeeping their color long after many other flowers have withered.
I saw this pink protea growing by the roadside at the edge of brachystegia forest near the entrance to the Nyika National Park, Malawi. The species is Protea angolensis Welw. var. trichanthera (Bak.) Brummitt.
This white protea is most likely Protea madiensis Oliv. It is a little smaller than the pink species pictured above.