Location: Odzani River Bridge

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Photo: Mark Hyde
View from the southern end of the bridge looking north. Bart's car is faintly visible just past the bridge on the right. The peak on the right is Mt Masendwa which is 4.5 kms away and 1560 m high. The peak on the left is Mt Jena, 6.5 kms away and 1760 m high.

Most of the plants found were either in the river bed on the left or in the dry open area on the other side of the road nr the car. Further collecting was done 100 - 200 m on the far side of the river on the left.

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Photo: Mark Hyde
View of bridge from rocky river bed looking southwards towards the south bank. A scarcely flowing water channel may be seen.

Image 3

Photo: Mark Hyde
View down stream (i.e. westwards) showing the habitat of rocks, sand and reeds.

Image 4

Photo: Mark Hyde
View upstream (eastwards) towards the bridge. The old low-level bridge is visible in front.

Image 5

Photo: Mark Hyde
View downstream from the bridge itself, with the low-level bridge in the foreground.

General Information

Quarter degree square: 1832D3

Country: Zimbabwe

Habitat: Riverine vegetation including wet sand and rocks in the river bed and surrounding dry woodland.

Altitude range: 1060-1080 m

Annual rainfall:

Location (short): NW of Mutare on road to Osborne Dam

Location (detailed): The bridge itself is at VQ484192 and is on one of the roads leading to the Osborne Dam Recreational Park.


One of the roads leading to the Osborne Dam Recreational Park, crosses the Odzani River in an area of hot and dry open woodland. The vegetation is increasingly affected by human impact and most larger trees have been cut but many typical constituents of this hot and dry environment can still be found. Interesting records include Elephantorrhiza elephantina (Mimosaceae) and Maerua juncea subsp. crustata (Capparaceae). On the rocks and sandbanks in the river, which are submerged only a few months of the year, plants such as Salix mucronata (Salicaceae) grow.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Location details: Odzani River Bridge.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=35, retrieved 22 June 2024

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