In case you’ve ever wondered why I have spent so much time working in, thinking about, and writing about Protea this video from CapeNature will give you a bit of a clue. The fynbos is a very interesting place. It has an enormous diversity of plants, many of which are found nowhere else in the world, and much of that diversity is concentrated in a relatively small number of big evolutionary radiations, one of which is Protea.1 One of my students,
Kristen Nolting (@KristenNolting on Twitter) pointed me to this video. Thanks, Kristen.
1To be fair, I have to admit that the radiation my colleagues Cindi Jones and Carl Schlichting study is bigger, but I still like studying Protea better than studying Pelargonium