Location: Chirinda Forest

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Photo: Bart Wursten
The "Big Tree", Chirinda Forest

General Information

Quarter degree square: 2032B3

Country: Zimbabwe

Habitat: Medium altitude evergreen forest and forest edge

Altitude range: 1100 - 1240 m

Annual rainfall: 1370 mm

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The Chirinda Forest Reserve covers about 950 ha of primary evergreen forest on the slopes of Mt Selinda in SE Zimbabwe. It is one of the larger protected forest areas in the country with a unique combination of tropical and subtropical vegetation species. Most impressive are the towering specimens of forest trees, such as Chrysophyllum gorungosanum, Ficus chirindensis, and the famous "Big Tree", Khaya anthotheca, Argomuellera macrophylla, Celtis mildbraedii, Strychnos mellodora and Strychnos mitis are among the rare species, which are only found in the Chirinda Forest or are very rare elsewhere in Zimbabwe.

(For further information and a list of plants see Drummond & Mapaure in Chirinda Forest - A Visitors' Guide, Appendix 1: A List of Flowering Plants and Ferns, 1994, page 135-154.)

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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: Chirinda Forest.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=6, retrieved 22 June 2024

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