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Mountains & Flora - Table Mountain and partially coloured king protea (Protea cynaroides). Modern commemorative silver proof coin.
"Mountains & Flora" series from Palau, year 2011 issue, silver coins quality proof and Certificate of Authenticity.
Reverse shows Table Mountain and king protea in colour, obverse Palau Coat of Arms $5.
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|Face Value :||5 Dollars|
|Metal :||.925 Silver|
|Weight :||25 g|
|Size :||38.61 mm|
|Mintage :||2,500 pcs. worldwide|
|Series :||Mountains & Flora|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Wooden Box :||No|
|Original ETUI box/case :||No|
The landmark of the South African city Cape Town, the world famous Table Mountain, is situated in an area containing unique flora and fauna. The imposing mountain is located in the northern part of the Cape Peninsular (approx. 53 km long), while in the South the Cape of Good Hope has been both loved and dreaded by Seafaring people for centuries.
The 430 million year old Table Mountain was originally about five times higher than it is today. Millenniums of wind- and water erosion have formed the famous flat profile of the white quartz rocks. The 6,000 hectare wide nature conservation area, around and on the 1,087 m high solid rock, has an extensive flora and fauna. Many of the plants growing here can only be found here. The fauna is varied too. Thus, a close relative of elephants inhabits the escarpments of this mountain: Rock Dassies like being observed and are sometimes even fed by tourists who mainly explore the mountain by cablecar.
Protea cynaroides, the king protea, is a flowering plant. It is a distinctive member of Protea, having the largest flower head in the genus. The species is also known as giant protea, honeypot or king sugar bush. It is widely distributed in the southwestern and southern parts of South Africa in the fynbos region.
The king protea is the national flower of South Africa. It also is the flagship of the The Protea Atlas Project, run by the South African National Botanical Institute.
The king protea has several colour forms and horticulturists have recognized 81 garden varieties, some of which have injudiciously been planted in its natural range. In some varieties the pink of the flower and red borders of leaves are replaced by a creamy yellow. This unusual flower has a long vase life in flower arrangements, and makes for an excellent dried flower.
P. cynaroides is a species of protea in the huge family Proteaceae. The family comprises about 80 genera with about 1,600 species. It has Gondwanan distribution, which means that it is mainly spread across the Southern Hemisphere, from Southern Africa, across to Australia, to South America, although certain species are also found in equatorial Africa, India, southern Asia and Oceania as well.
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