Location: Christon Bank

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Brachystegia boehmii woodland

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Brachystegia boehmii in spring colours

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Brachystegia glaucescens on the rocky slopes

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View towards Spelonken Farm and the Mazowe River

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Spectacular rock formations on the granite kopjes

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Regeneration after illegal wood cutting

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Soil disturbance after gold mining activities

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Riverine fringes along a Mazowe tributary

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A Protection Sign

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....and another protection sign

General Information

Quarter degree square: 1731C1

Country: Zimbabwe

Habitat: Rocky hillsides with Brachystegia boehmii dominated woodland

Altitude range: 1200 - 1400 m

Annual rainfall: c. 900 m

Location (short):

Location (detailed):


Christon Bank is situated about 30 km north of Harare. It is an area of rocky hillsides and Brachystegia boehmii dominated woodland near the Mazowe River. Several properties were donated to the National Botanical Gardens in the seventies and have been maintained and protected under the name Mazowe Botanic Reserve. Although there is still much of botanical interest, the area is under serious threat from illegal wood cutting and gold panning activities. Species of special interest, found in the area, are the rare Vernonia exsertiflora (Asteraceae) and Teclea rogersii (Rutaceae). More common species of interest are Euphorbia griseola subsp. mashonica (Euphorbiaceae), terrestrial orchids, such as Eulophia petersii, E. rolfeana and E. subsaprophytica, and epiphytes like Calyptrochilum christyanum and the tiny Polystachya greatrexii

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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: Christon Bank.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=7, retrieved 17 June 2024

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