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National symbols

The country's national animal is the springbok, Antidorcas marsupialis, which also gives its name to the
South African rugby team, fondly known as "the Boks". Blue Crane

The national bird of South Africa is the blue crane, Anthropoides paradisia, the distribution of which is almost entirely restricted to the country.

The giant or king protea, Protea cynaroides, is the national flower. It is widely distributed in the south-western and southern areas of the Western Cape, from the Cedarberg up to just east of Grahamstown. South Africa's national flower is the largest of the proteas, which also give their name to South Africa's national cricket team.

South Africa's national fish is the galjoen, Dichistius capensis. The galjoen was chosen because of its abundance, popularity and endemism, it is found along the coast from Namibia to Durban, and nowhere else in the world.

The real yellowwood, Podocarpus latifolius, South Africa's national tree, is found from Table Mountain, along the southern and eastern Cape coast, in the ravines of the Drakensberg up to the Soutpansberg and the Blouberg in Limpopo. In forests, the trees can grow up to 40m in height with the base of the trunk up to 3m in diameter.

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