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Fynbos Vegetation
Cape Peninsula

On hikes on the Cape Peninsula, for example in the surroundings of Hout Bay or in the Helderberg Nature reserve, one is able to see and learn about the diverse Fynbos vegetation on the mountain slopes. Fynbos suffers little damage from bushfires and in fact relies on fires to regenerate, grow and flower. Unfortunately many Fynbos areas are infested by alien plants, especially the Australian eucalypts and European pines. They burn too long and generate too much heat thus destroying the surrounding Fynbos. That is the reason why, since the devastating fires of 2001, alien plants are being removed everywhere in the Cape. Particularly the aggressive gum trees (eucalyptis), which with their enormous water consumption, are supposed to be completely eradicated in the short future.

Left: Fynbos landscape. Top: Various types of the numerous fynbos blossom plants, lower left the King Protea, next to it a Strelitzia.

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