Location: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park

General Information

Quarter degree square: I725D4

Country: Zambia

Habitat: Above the falls are riparian habitats such as sand bars and cliffs, fringing forest.Away from the main river mopane woodland. On the Kalahari sand there is Kalahari woodland and a few small patches of mutemwa

Altitude range: 600-900 m

Annual rainfall: 450-550 mm

Location (short): The park encompasses a 25km section of the north bank of the Zambezi both above and below the Victoria falls.

Location (detailed): National Park No. I7, gazetted 1972, 66 sq km. ,Livingstone district. At 6600ha, the park is Zambia's smallest, but it is the most popular. It encompasses a 25km section of the north bank ofthe Zambezi both above and below the falls. There are 6 National Monuments within the park and an area of about 1000ha has been fenced and is managed as a zoological park.

Description

Above the falls are riparian habitats such as sand bars and cliffs, fringing forest and when the water is low, exposed rocks and rapids. Away from the main river mopane woodland dominates the shallow basaltic soils and baobabs Adansonia digitata are common. On the Kalahari sand there is Kalahari woodland and a few small patches of mutemwa. A number of rare and interesting wetland herbs have been collected from the falls'spray zone. Canscora kirkii (Gentianaceae) is endemic to the area. The basalts have many species which are rare elsewhere in Zambia such as Acacia senegal var. leiorhachis (Mimosoideae), Bolusanthus speciosus (Papilionoideae) and Terminalia stuhlmannii (Combretaceae). For a thorough survey of the area's flora and fauna, see Phillipson (1975).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Location details: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=106, retrieved 29 March 2017

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