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Vegetation of inselbergs in Zimbabwe

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 April 2010

R. Seine
Botanisches Institut und Botanischer Garten der Universität, Meckenheimer Allee 170, D-53115 Bonn, Germany
U. Becker
Botanisches Institut, Universität Köln, Gyrhofstr. 15, D-50931 Köln, Germany.
S. Porembski
Botanisches Institut und Botanischer Garten der Universität, Meckenheimer Allee 170, D-53115 Bonn, Germany
G. Follmann
Botanisches Institut, Universität Köln, Gyrhofstr. 15, D-50931 Köln, Germany.
W. Barthlott
Botanisches Institut und Botanischer Garten der Universität, Meckenheimer Allee 170, D-53115 Bonn, Germany
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Inselbergs are rounded rock outcrops, usually of Precambrian age, with sparse vegetation cover. The vegetation of inselbergs in Zimbabwe is described for the first time, based upon data sampled from 53 localities. Inselbergs support a range of habitats whose vegetation is described. Data on species richness and floristic composition of the inselberg flora (549 vascular plant, 25 bryophyte and 136 lichen species) are presented. Phytogeography and diversity of inselberg vegetation are discussed. First records for Zimbabwe are reported in lichens and vascular plants.

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