Location: Lusaka East Forest Reserve (PFA #27)

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Photo: Mike Bingham
Google-Earth picture: The cleared strip at the top of the image is the ZESCO powerline clearing

General Information

Quarter degree square: 1528A4

Country: Zambia

Habitat: Miombo woodland

Altitude range: 1300 m

Annual rainfall: 551-650 mm

Location (short): Lusaka E 15 km. Lusaka district, Lusaka Province

Location (detailed):


The Lusaka East Forest Reserve, or Local Forest #27, was created in order to protect the headwaters of the Chalimbana River, which drains most of the area east of the city, and flows eastward to its confluence with the Chongwe R. south of Chongwe town. The survey beacon Namabiro, near Trotover Farm, is the highest point in the reserve, at 1342m, and the lowest point, is where the Chalimbana crosses the eastern boundary, at 1220m. The Chalimbana tributaries have cut valleys through the schist. This hilly topography contrasts with most of Lusaka and the surrounding areas, which are generally flat. The underlying geology is schist, which at the southern section of the reserve, frequently occurs in flat sheets. These have been much quarried in the past, and were used in the construction of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Although there may be no exposed limestone, the borehole at Talimitengo, about 250m from the southern boundary of the reserve, is limey, indicating subsurface limestone. The southern sector of the reserve is here defined as that portion lying to the south of the Palabana-Lusaka ZESCO transmission lines. It is triangular in shape with each side approximately 1km. Read the entire report and view the checklist of all plants and trees that occur in Lusaka East Forest Reserve (PFA #27)on website "Nature Zambia"

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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 Malawi: Location details: Lusaka East Forest Reserve (PFA #27).
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=147, retrieved 18 May 2024

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