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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