Mesmerising Mesembryanthimun

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While most visitors to South Africa are familiar with Protea and Pincushions in the Fynbos found between Cape Town and the Garden Route, the diverse range of succulents offer vivid floral colours to enhance landscape photography.
Boasting structural colour incorporating a nano lattice, the petals of the Mesems are capable of reflecting up to 70% of incoming light in an array of iridescent hues. The function is twofold, firstly to shed excessive heat in tropical and sub tropical latitudes and secondly to attract pollinating insects which explains why these flowers do not open on overcast days.

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