Misspelled Golden Star under an Overcast Sky. Leucadendron chamelaea, Witsenberg Conebush, Temperate House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

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    So I went again today to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew as I do everytime I have the pleasure of being in London. But this visit was a bit different because I'd been kindly invited to come to the marvelous Herbarium. My host was impressively knowledgeable and I'm ever so grateful for her invitation to that Amazing Institution. She's from South Africa, and I'm posting this Leucadendron chamelaea in her honor... Then through the drizzle and light rain I carried on.
    'Witsenberg' of the common name of this Protea refers to the Witsenberg State Forest in the Western Cape where it - though Red-Listed - can be seen 'in the wild'. I don't much care for another name: Glutinous Protea. It reminds me too much of the porridges of my youth.
    What's in a name? one might well ask. I noticed this 'Chamelaea' labeled in the Temperate House as 'Chamalaea'. And on the internet it sometimes goes by that name, too. This must be a mistake: the word comes from the Greek and means as much as 'low', 'dwarf', 'creeping'', and it's spelled 'ChamElaea' (as the IPNI has it, according to its rules). This might sound like a bit of carping. It's not. As many of you will know, looking up names on the internet becomes very hard if there's even a slight error in spelling. And in botanical taxonomy such differences invariably lead to havoc. Though the Golden Star itself could care less, I would guess!
    PS The light was very bad so this photo isn't as DOFfed as I would want, but I couldn't resist the temptation of being a finicky grammarian.

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    1. Jesse L. Simplerevolution Photography 34 months ago | reply

      Beautiful macro work, excellent definition, great work!

    2. celicom 34 months ago | reply

      Una gran toma.Saludos

    3. evisdotter 34 months ago | reply

      Great macro !
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    4. di off the wallaby 34 months ago | reply

      So lovely. Kew Gardens? Yes! Happy Memories.

    5. Barbyvybrab 34 months ago | reply

      Beautiful flower
      Com as suas delicadas, coloridas e breves flores, a esteva (Cistus ladanifer), planta selvagem da zona mediterrânica que é capaz de despontar em solos áridos e suportar longos períodos de seca, bem pode ser apontada como um símbolo de resistência contra a

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    7. apwilliam 34 months ago | reply

      A beautiful floral close-up.

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    9. anjoudiscus 34 months ago | reply

      Superbe photo !

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    10. yvone042488 34 months ago | reply

      Superb shot and details!

    11. Viana Oliver1 34 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! I like the dreamy effect.

    12. jackline22 34 months ago | reply

      Grazie per aver condiviso ...
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    15. phginlon 34 months ago | reply

      Great shot.

    16. bobrizz1 34 months ago | reply

      Awesome Shot!

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