THE VEGETATION OF ZAMBIA by
D.B.Fanshawe, Forest Research
Bulletin No. 7, Kitwe, 1969, Printed by Government Printer, Lusaka,
1971, iv & 67 pages, 11 photographs & 2 diagrams.
This memoir was intended to provide the text to accompany the
Vegetation of Zambia Map, compiled by A.C.R. Edmonds (1976). While the
map is much used, Dennys Fanshawe’s memoir is long out of print, and is
seldom referred to. In fact, Fanshawe’s name does not appear on the
map. This is unfortunate as the information given on the map, of
necessity very abbreviated, is often misleading and contradictory.
Terms such as chipya and munga, used only in Zambia, need to be defined
and explained. Users of the map can be excused for inferring that
Baikiaea plurijuga occurs in the deciduous forest in the upper
Chambeshi Basin or the Lower Zambezi. Is chipya forest or woodland?
Since the publication of the memoir, numerous taxonomic revisions of
the regional flora have been published, requiring the corrections of
names used in the memoir.
- misapplied names,
- redefined species,
- changes in the convention of Latinized
- standardization of authors’ names
- typographical errors.
In this digital edition the lists of species for each vegetation type,
which in the original text follow the descriptions, are removed to a
A dictionary of Fanshawe’s names with their currently valid synonyms
will be posted shortly.
Fanshawe’s other major contributions to Zambian botany are his
herbarium collections, and the series of district vegetation reports,
printed in roneo, during the 1960s and early 1970s. All the districts
as they were at the time of independence (1964), were written up with
the exception of Mporokoso. Mankoya (now Kaoma) exists, but without
species lists, although the report on Kafue National Park partly covers
the latter. Many of these reports are also available in digital format,
which may be supplied on request.
The scanning and conversion to text of this document was done by Jason
You can receive
digital copy of the publication "The vegetation of Zambia" or a copy of
one of Fanshawe's reports by sending a request to this email address