Fynbos is a wild, mainly evergreen shrub that grows in a small area of the western cape of South Africa. Fynbos is an Afrikaans word for fine bush which describes its needle-like leaves. Fynbos species require the intense heat of a fire to enable their seeds to germinate, or to grow. Some varieties keep their seeds for up to one year in preparation for a fire.

One of the most recognizable fynbos plants is the protea. The King Protea is South Africa’s national flower.