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"Party Favors"

Macro-level detail of a pincushion Protea (Proteaceae family, Leucospermum spp.) flower, the national flower of South Africa. They take many forms, including this one. It reminds me of those party favors that you blow on, and they make noise as they uncurl. Taken at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa.

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From Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens