1. The Rooibos plant
The Rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis) is a leguminous shrub that is unique to the Cederberg Mountains around Clanwilliam and indigenous to the Western Cape of South Africa. It forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, commonly known as fynbos, and is a member of the Fabaceae family, a genus with more than 200 species.
During October, the plant is covered with diminutive yellow flowers and each flower produces only one small seed pod. Each pod contains a single, tiny, pale pinkish-yellow, kidney-shaped and hard-shelled seed.