fynbos

noun
fyn·​bos | \ˈfān-ˌbȯs \

Definition of fynbos 

: a biome of southern coastal South Africa characterized by a diverse richness of endemic plant species (as of the heath, protea, composite, iris, and lily families), by soil that is acidic and nutrient-poor, and by a climate marked by cold wet winters and hot dry summers also : the type of vegetation characteristic of this biome

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Like many other fynbos plants, P. pubescens dislikes alkaline conditions and is intolerant of high levels of phosphorus. Brian Kemble, The Mercury News, "Feathery plant has strange family members," 16 Mar. 2017 Three plant groups are especially abundant in the fynbos areas: the Protea family, the Erica family (heaths and heathers), and the Restio family (rush-like plants used to thatch roofs in South Africa). Brian Kemble, The Mercury News, "Feathery plant has strange family members," 16 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of fynbos

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fynbos

Afrikaans, from fyn fine, delicate + bos bush

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