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Africa

About this region

The temperate flora of Africa is mostly found along the northern and southern coasts of this vast continent.

The majority of our collection comes from South Africa, a biodiversity hotspot.

It’s an area of huge conservation value, extraordinarily high diversity and endemism of plant species. So much so that scientists have assigned South Africa its own floral kingdom – The Cape Floristic Region.

The plants have developed a wide range of adaptive traits, allowing for efficient use of water and resilience to fire.

Main image: Fynbos, South Africa. Swartberg Nature Reserve by Alexey Yakovlev via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Home to over 24,000 species, of which half are found nowhere else on Earth.

Temperate plants from Africa


Other temperate regions