Information about which plants are endemic or near-endemic has been added to version 1.2 of the checklist and is in the process of being added to the main database.
The definitions of these terms are as follows:
The paper, Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe lists 232 species which are endemic or near-endemic.
An additional source of records of endemics and near-endemics is an unpublished list compiled by Jonathan Timberlake, dated December 2004.
A list of endemic and near-endemic species in Zimbabwe which are marked as such on this site, may be found by following this link. Not all the species have yet been added to the database and the list is therefore incomplete.
The area with the greatest number of endemics is the Chimanimani mountains with no fewer than 70 endemic or near-endemic taxa. A second important area is the Great Dyke. In addition, there are many endemics in the more broadly defined Eastern Highlands, the central watershed, NW Zimbabwe and the Limpopo escarpment. Full details are given in Mapaura (2002).
The following map shows the location of many of the places referred to.
Mark Hyde: 21 June 2006