Lo­ca­tion and de­scrip­tion

CityPress - - Voices - The Cape Floris­tic Re­gion is lo­cated mostly in the Western Cape. The re­gion is one of the rich­est ar­eas for plants in the world. It rep­re­sents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, but is home to nearly 20% of the con­ti­nent’s flora

SA’s Western Cape is more botan­i­cally di­verse than the rich­est trop­i­cal rain­for­est in South Amer­ica, in­clud­ing the Ama­zon. A se­rial site made up of eight pro­tected ar­eas, cov­er­ing 553 000ha, the Cape Floris­tic Re­gion is one of the rich­est ar­eas for plants in the world.

The re­gion is one of two hot spots (the other be­ing New Cale­do­nia) that en­com­pass an en­tire flo­ral king­dom and holds five of SA’s 12 en­demic plant fam­i­lies.

Char­ac­ter­is­tics of global sci­en­tific in­ter­est are: re­sponses of the plants to fire; seed dis­per­sal by ants and ter­mites; the high level (83%) of plant pol­li­na­tion by in­sects, mainly bee­tles and flies; and its link­ages to Gond­wana­land al­low­ing re­con­struc­tion of the flora’s an­cient con­nec­tions

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