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The Fynbos Vegetation of South Africa: Ecology, Conservation, & Restoration

March 18, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Fynbos Vegetation of South Africa:  Understanding unique ecological processes to determine best practices for propagation and restoration 

The Fynbos vegetation of the Cape Floristic Region in South Africa contains among the highest plant species richness of anywhere in the world for the size of the region. The variety of ways in which plant species are adapted to survive periodic wildfires, specialized pollination interactions, and unique seed dispersal techniques have influenced the extreme diversity of plant species and high rates of narrow-range endemism in the region. However, the combined impacts of habitat loss, invasive species intrusion, and climate change have resulted in many Fynbos plant species and entire vegetation types becoming threatened with extinction today.

Join botanist Dr. Stuart Hall during his visit to Los Angeles from South Africa to learn more about conservation methods in this important region. He will discuss Fynbos ecology, threats to the region, and conservation initiatives-including how institutions such as botanical gardens can be centers of collaboration: combining research, conservation and horticulture.

This event is free, but space is limited–Please RSVP

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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