Proteas first attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 17th century and many species
were introduced to Europe in the 18th century, enjoying a unique popularity at the time amongst botanists.
In local tradition, the Protea flower represents change and hope. 90% of the species occurs in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land from Clanwilliam to Grahamstown. The extraordinary richness and diversity of species characteristic of the Cape Flora are thought to be caused in part by the diverse landscape where populations can become isolated from each other and in time develop into separate species.
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