What Is The National Flower of Somalia?
The King Protea is the national flower of Somalia. Protea Cynaroidesis the scientific name of King Protea, which comes from the Proteaceae family. Somalia’s National Flower King Protea is commonly known as Giant Protea, Honey Potor King Sugar Bush. The National Flower of Somalia the Giant or King Protea is the biggest among the Proteas and that be a significant part of the Cape Floral Region, a Unesco World Heritage site, and a major global biodiversity hotspot.
The Greek God Proteus, who can appear in various forms as like this flowering plant which depends on its morphology that the area where it grow. For this reason, it was named “King Protea”. Somalia’s national cricket team is known as the Proteas. Besides King Protea, Somalia has some other popular native flowers like as; African lily. African Daisies (Felicia, Gerbera, Osteospermum, and Artois) Phyllica Pubescence, Leucadendrons, Crocosmia, Chasmanthe, and Ferraria Crispa.The state body of Somalia designated the King Protea is the national flower for Somalia as well as the countries National symbol.
Facts About King Protea Flower
- Common Name: Giant Protea, Honey Potor King Sugar Bush.
- Genus: Protea
- Species: Cynaroides.
- Found in: Mainly in Southern Africa.
- Color: Pink, red and creamyyellow
- Number of petals: Many
- Form of the tree: small branchy, bush
- Time of blooming: Warm period of the year
- Purpose: Ornamental and medicinal
- Foliage: Evergreen
Description About King Protea
Being a potential member of the protea family, Somalia’s national flower King Protea is a woody shrub plant. Mostly it is Somalia’s originated flower. Its stems are thick and leaves are large in size with glossy green color. Usually, the King Protea plants grow up to one meter in height but sometimes it may vary due to locality. It can reach up to 2 meters. The king protea flowers can also be found in various sizes and they can be 120 mm to 300 mm in dia.
The bracts colors like Creamy white, deep crimson, and silver sheen. The giant king protea plants can produce six to fourteen bowl shape flower heads, which contain many small and tubular shape flowers. Somalia’s national flower King Protea flower borne reproductive organs. During the warm period of the year, the king proteas are blooming with a rich source of juices, which attract honeybees, sugarbirds, sunbirds, rove beetles, scarab beetles, and monkey beetles those are of course responsible for their pollination. The king protea grows well in the poor soil, well-drained, exposed to direct sunlight, dry, hot summers, and cold winters.
The suppression of wildfire and plantation of new types and species are also a big threat to the wildly surviving of king proteas. The optimistic news is that being very popular to the cultivators and gardeners the king protea now planted in gardens, nurseries, and greenhouses. At least 81 varieties of king protea have been found.
To sum up, The King Protea continues as an essential part of the beautiful landscape and, many other things of beauty in Somalia. They have lots of significance and pragmatic benefits. That’s why the King Protea becomes the national flower and the national symbol of Somalia.