The Cape Flora
Kingdom is one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. It consists of at
least eight and a half thousand species includes numerous bulbs, heathers,
grasses and proteas.
Locally these plants are known as 'fynbos' because they have
hardy wooden stems and fine leaves.
Fynbos evolved over a period of five
million years from afro-montane origins.
Kirstenbosch Gardens, on the
slopes of Table Mountain, has become a vital showpiece for fynbos and the flora
of Southern Africa in general.