What plants live in South Africa?

What kind of plants and animals live in Africa?

Africa boasts over 1,100 species of mammals, including herd animals like wildebeest, buffalo, and impala, as well as zebras, giraffes, and elephants. The rodents are well represented with various squirrel and rat species, as well as rabbits and hares.

What is South African national flower?

The giant or king protea is widely distributed in the south-western and southern areas of the Western Cape, from the Cedarberg up to just east of Grahamstown. The artichoke-like appearance of the flower-heads of the king protea lead to the specific name ‘cynaroides’, which means ‘like cynara’ (the artichoke).

What plants and animals live in South Africa?

Some of these species have not been found elsewhere in the world. Besides the most well known animals like lions, leopards and elephants there are such species as rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, baboons, mongooses, jackals, various cats and many kind of antelopes living in the South African nature environment.

Which tree is found mainly in South Africa?

Montane forest

Found in secluded valleys in the Drakensberg area. Characteristic tree species include yellowwoods (Afrocarpus falcatus and Podocarpus latifolius), mountain hard pear (Olinia emarginata) and Cape beech (Rapanea melanophloeos).

What is South Africa famous for?

South Africa is extremely rich in mining and minerals and considered the world’s leader with nearly 90% of all the platinum metals on earth and around 41% of all the world’s Gold! South Africa is home to the oldest meteor scar in the world – the Vredefort Dome in a town called Parys.

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What fruit is indigenous to South Africa?

According to the Department: Agriculture, Forestries and Fisheries (DAFF), these are considered the most important South African indigenous fruit crops: Marula, mobola plum, red milkwood fruit, wld medlar, kei apple, monkey orange, sour fig and sour plum.

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