Saturday, 31 March 2012

1007 ZA - Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (2004)

Brief Description

"A serial site – in Cape Province, South Africa – made up of eight protected areas, covering 553,000 ha, the Cape Floral 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. The site displays outstanding ecological and biological processes associated with the Fynbos vegetation, which is unique to the Cape Floral Region. The outstanding diversity, density and endemism of the flora are among the highest worldwide. Unique plant reproductive strategies, adaptive to fire, patterns of seed dispersal by insects, as well as patterns of endemism and adaptive radiation found in the flora, are of outstanding value to science."


"弗洛勒尔角是南非开普省的一处系列遗址,由8个保护区组成,占地553 000公顷,是世界上植物最茂密的地方之一。这个不到非洲面积0.5%的地方却是全非洲将近20%的植物种植区。展现了弗洛勒尔角地区与高山硬叶灌木有关 的生态和生物进化进程。其突出的植被多样性、密度和地方特殊性在全世界范围内都是独一无二的。植物独特的自我再生复制功能、适应火险、由昆虫来传播种子, 以及当地植物种类和适应性放射,这些都具有独特的科学价值。"

Source UNESCO WH website

Courtesy of Claus from Germany
1007-001 Cape Peninsula National Park
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

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