The Cape flower region is a nature area near the south end of South Africa.
The region is the smallest of the six "flower kingdoms" of the world, as recognised by Ronald Good. Its formal title is the Cape (South Africa) Floristic Region.
Much of this diversity is because of the fynbos, a Mediterranean-type shrubland that can easily be destroyed by wildfires. The economic worth of the fynbos area may be about R77 million a year from harvests of products (like wildflowers) and from eco-tourism. The Cape flower region has both economic and biological value. It is a good place to look for many kinds of plants, insects, small animals and other creatures in nature.
References[change | change source]
- Good, Ronald D'Oyley 1947. The geography of the flowering plants.
- Odendaal L.J; Haupt T.M. & Griffiths C.L. 2008. The alien invasive land snail in the West Coast National Park: is there cause for concern? Koedoe - African Protected Area Conservation and Science 50 (1): 93-98. abstract, doi:10.4102/koedoe.v50i1.153.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Conservation International: Cape floristic Region - biodiversity hotspot
- Conservation International: Cape floristic Region (Hotspots revisited) Archived 2009-07-05 at the Wayback Machine
- Cape Action: the Cape floristic Region Archived 2010-12-03 at the Wayback Machine