South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region is one of the richest
repositories of plant life in the world.
Here, about 20 percent of Africa’s flora grows in a
landscape that accounts for less than 0.5 percent of the
continent’s area, according to the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The
diversity of plant life is among the highest on the planet. About
69 percent of the region’s estimated 9,000 plant species live
nowhere else in the world.