Winter in the Fynbos: View from the Akkadiesberg near Hermanaus looking towards the small village of Stanford.

This week’s focus is South Africa’s Fynbos: That brown-looking scratchy vegetation that clothes the mountains and lowlands of the Cape. What is it? Where can I find it and why is it important? Why should we care?

Fynbos is an evergreen, hard-leaved Mediterranean type shrubland that occurs on nutrient-poor soils derived from predominantly quartzitic sandstones and limestones.