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Naturalist Notebook 

May 22, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)

Photo: Dr. Robert T. and Margaret Orr © California Academy of Sciences

Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • This plant can take in water through its leaves. This helps it survive in its habitat that has plenty of fog, but not much rain.
  • Beetles, sunbirds and sugarbirds are the main pollinators of this plant.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, May 27th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this plant. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 8:30 am


  1. It’s a “Sugarbush” (Protea sp.)

    Comment by Adam Ehrenfeuchter — May 26, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

  2. This week’s specimen is, indeed, a member of the Proteaceae family. It is a king protea (Protea cynaroides). To find out more about king proteas, and proteas in general, check out the following websites:

    Comment by nature — May 27, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

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