In South Africa, plants of the Proteaceae family are most commonly found in the Fynbos Biome. Many of South Africa’s most unique and defining plant species belong to this family. Well-known members include Protea, Mimetes, Leucodendron and Leucospermum. Plant species such as these play integral roles in the ecological functionality of the Fynbos Biome, contributing to the Cape Floristic Region having become one of the most diverse regions in the world.
The Proteaceae Display is one of the Garden Route Botanical Garden’s latest projects. Our aim is to showcase the rich diversity and beauty of Proteaceae species found in the Southern Cape. The beds combine a large number of spectacular Proteaceae species – such as Protea, Leucodendron, Leucospermum, Passerina, Erica, Mimetes and Anchusa – each boasting their own unique and breathtaking flower display, cradled by many other spectacular Southern Cape plants characteristic of the Fynbos Biome.
Though the external beauty of these beds seems enough of a justification, this is but one of the Proteaceae Display’s important functions. As always, the Garden Route Botanical Garden aims to empower and educate all of its visitors by bringing to light why indigenous biodiversity is so important. A number of educational, informative and interpretative signs will help visitors understand the huge ecological importance of the Fynbos Biome, its rich diversity and role as a support system for a myriad of animals found within the Southern Cape. This site will also play an important role in the educational programme of the Garden Route Environmental Education Centre, where school children from all backgrounds will be educated on the importance of indigenous biodiversity.