The floriculture industry has been identified as one of the industries with an opportunity to grow and
contribute positively to the economy of South Africa. The largest number of plant breeders’ rights applications
filed in South Africa is for ornamental plants. This article gives a short review of the South African
floricultural industry, some features of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act, 1976 (Act No. 15 of 1976), and the
trends in plant breeders’ rights applications and grants for ornamental plants over the past decade.