Sunday, October 3, 2010


Fynbos literally means "fine bush" and is a special type of vegetation that accounts for more than 80 percent of the plant species in South Africa's Cape Floral Kingdom. Over two-thirds of these plant species are not found growing naturally anywhere else in the world.  Fynbos, one of South Africa's treasured natural heritages, consists of approximately 100 different plant families.  The three largest families are: the small-leaved ericas, the large-leaved proteas, and the grass-like restios.  It is absolutely incredible to see colorful protea, leucadendron and berzelia growing wild along the roads and hillsides.

The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the six plant kingdoms in the world, and occupies a small four percent of South Africa’s land, yet it is one of the earth’s hot spots because of its excellent biodiversity. Currently, more than 1,400 species of fynbos plants are threatened due to human actions such as construction, agriculture and the growing economic value of these plants and flowers. 

Fynbos is one type of vegetation, there are many other types to enjoy which include fabulous trees, plants and flowers that surround us every day!   Make it a point to get outdoors, go for a walk and hear the music in nature.

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