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Predominantly mountain fynbos. The lower slopes support laurel protea, silky conebush, sand olive and yellow daisies, with wild olives and mountain maytenus on the rocky outcrops.

Waboom veld also occurs at this lower altitude. The eye-catching purple-blue ridderspoor, rooibos tea and buchu grow against the lower cliffs, while higher up one finds fynbos restio veld, with red disas in abundance along streams on the plateau.

The Clanwilliam cedar grows in cedar zone against cliffs and overhangs at altitudes of more than 1 000m above sea level. In the wetter ravines, Red and white alder, yellowwood, hard-pear and Cape beech are found in the wetter ravines, while wild olive, silky bark and spoonwood prefer dryer kloofs.

The endemic snow protea is very rare and found only at a few sites in the area, but is undoubtedly the most attractive plant on the highest peaks.


(With acknowledgement to CapeNature)

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