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Plant Conservation Unit

The Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) was established in 1993 (originally as the Institute for Plant Conservation and later as the Leslie Hill Institute for Plant Conservation), as a result of a generous endowment to the University of Cape Town made by Mr Leslie Hill.

The PCU, is part of the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town. Our unique position on the slopes of Table Mountain is within a World Heritage Site and at the heart of the Cape Floristic Region, which comprises two biodiversity hotspots of global significance, the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo Biomes. We aim to understand plant conservation in the context of landscape change, using a wide range of disciplines including ecology, environmental history, palaeoecology, and social sciences.

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