Fynbos Definition

An area at the tip of southern Africa that is covered by a growth of evergreen shrubs, especially of the families Proteaceae and Ericaceae. It is characterized by nutrient-poor soil, frequent fires, high species diversity, and a large number of endemic species.
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Origin of Fynbos

  • Afrikaans scrubland having no trees with thick trunks fyn slender, gracile (from Middle Dutch fijn) (from Old French fin fine1) bos woods, forest, bush land (from Middle Dutch bosch) (Middle English bush bush)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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