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Cape Floral Region

South AfricaCape Town & Cape Peninsula


Cape Floral Region 

The property is located in the south-western corner of South Africa. It is one of the world's most important biodiversity hotspots on land. National parks, natural reserves, wilderness regions, State forests, and mountain catchment areas are also part of the expanded property. The Fynbos vegetation, a fine-leaved sclerophyllic shrubland adapted to both a Mediterranean temperature and periodic fires, is unique to the Cape Floral Region, and these elements add a considerable number of endemic species.

In terms of richness, density, and number of endemic species, the Cape Floral Region has been recognized as one of the world's most unique regions for plants. The property is a very unusual phytogeographic entity that is considered one of the world's six Floral Kingdoms and is by far the smallest and most diversified.

For its richness of endemic and vulnerable plants, it is known as one of the world's "hottest hotspots," and it offers remarkable instances of key ongoing ecological, biological, and evolutionary processes. A series of 13 protected area clusters totaling more than 1 million ha reflect this remarkable diversity of plant life and its related animals.

The excellent ecological, biological, and evolutionary processes connected with the gorgeous and distinctive Fynbos vegetation, which is unique to the Cape Floral Region, are also preserved in these protected areas.

The Cape Floral Region Protected Areas were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

(Source UNESCO)


  • South AfricaCape Town & Cape Peninsula

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