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Most of the articles below have been published in Black Lechwe, the journal of the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECS).

Tree Notes

- Entandrophragma C.DC.: Three species in Zambia, including some of our tallest trees.
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- Acacia galpinii : wrongly identified as Acacia erioloba.
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- Acacia polyacantha: the type specimen of Acacia polyacantha is from India. The subspecies Campylantha is widespread in tropical Africa, with the type specimen coming from Ethiopia.
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- Acacia debate: at a botanical conference in Melbourne the decision was made to confirm the conservation of the name Acacia for an Australian species. What this means in Africa is that all our indigenous species will no longer have the name Acacia.
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- Berlinia & Isoberlinia in Zambia:
Miombo woodland is defined by the presence, as dominants, of trees in the three genera, Brachystegia, Julbernardia and Isoberlinia. I would include a fourth, Cryptosepalum, but that is when things get complicated.
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- Brachystegia spiciformis:
Brachystegia spiciformis, more than any other is the defining tree species of miombo woodland, the vegetation type that dominates the south-central African subregion. Popularly known in Zimbabwe by the Shona name msasa, in Zambia it goes under a variety of names.
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- Erythrina in Zambia:
The genus Erythrina belongs to the subfamily Papilionoideae of the legume family (Fabaceae), a very large group including the pulses. Most of the papilionoids have flowers adapted to pollination by bees, but the red flowers of Erythrina are adapted for bird pollination.
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- The fall of a Giant:
Mofu (Entandrophragma delevoyi) is the tallest indigenous tree species of the Zambia plateau. It is widely distributed in northern Zambia, reaching as far south as Mumbwa District in Chief Chibuluma's area not far from the Kafue Flats. It occurs as an emergent in dry-evergreen forest patches, and will also invade fire protected miombo woodland.
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Acacia galpinii
Acacia galpinii

Acacia polyacantha
Acacia polyacantha

Brachystegia spiciformis
Brachystegia spiciformis

Isoberlinia angolensis Alan Gardiner
Isoberlinia angolensis

 Updated: 2 July 2014
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