Location: Choma Mountain

General Information

Quarter degree square: 1134A3

Country: Malawi

Habitat: Evergreen forest, rocky outcrops and some fire induced montane grassland.

Altitude range: c. 1750m

Annual rainfall:

Location (short): Isolated mountain on North Viphya Plateau, western Nkhata Bay District

Location (detailed):

Description

Copied from Dowsett-Lemaire in Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2): 37-38 (1989):

The forest patch on Choma follows the narrow crest (oriented west-east) at 1750 m. It is 900 m long but no broader than 70 to 100 m. There are no emergents above the canopy (25 m high). Chrysophyllum is the commonest large tree by far, followed by Grewia mildbraedii. The latter was in ripe fruit in early November. Cola chlorantha (in flower then) is widespread in the understorey, to a height of 10-15 m. The abundance of saplings of Strombosia scheffleri is striking. A strong climber, Rhoicissus tomentosa, is a lowland element common in southern Malawi but not recorded elsewhere in the north.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Location details: Choma Mountain.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=220, retrieved 14 November 2019

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