Location: Umvumvumvu Gorge

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Photo: Bart Wursten
View up the Umvumvumvu River gorge from near the old (broken) bridge

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Photo: Bart Wursten
Bauhinia tomentosa in flower

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Photo: Bart Wursten
View of road through the gorge

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Photo: Bart Wursten
View of side of gorge

General Information

Quarter degree square: 1932D1

Country: Zimbabwe

Habitat: Dry, low-altitude deciduous woodland in a narrow river gorge.

Altitude range: c. 825 m

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The Umvumvumvu River Gorge offers some shelter, shade and possibly moisture in an otherwise hot and dry environment. For these reasons it is possible to find a richer flora here than in the surrounding areas. Although the habitat has been somewhat disturbed by human impact, it is still possible to find unusual species, such as Cyclantheropsis parviflora (Cucurbitaceae).

Three different species of Bauhinia - B. galpinii, B. petersiana and B. tomentosa - occur in close proximity along the road, providing a beautiful display when they all flower simultaneously in February.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Location details: Umvumvumvu Gorge.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=47, retrieved 30 May 2024

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