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.
Origin of Fynbos
Afrikaans scrubland having no trees with thick trunksfynslender, gracile (from Middle Dutch fijn) (from Old French finfine1) boswoods, forest, bush land (from Middle Dutch bosch) (Middle English bushbush)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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