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  • Five indigenous vegetation types occur on Mulanje, namely miombo woodland, lowland forest, Afromontane/Widdringtonia (endemic Malawi cedar) forest, plateau grassland and the high-altitude vegetation of the peaks.

    South Malawi montane forest-grassland mosaic

  • Other parts of the ecoregion, typically close to lakes and mountains, have higher population densities and the miombo is much more degraded.

    Ecoregions of Congo, Democratic Republic of (WWF)

  • All the typical miombo flora are represented here, but this region has a higher degree of floral richness, with far more evergreen trees than elsewhere in the miombo biome.

    Ecoregions of Congo, Democratic Republic of (WWF)

  • Written on the cardboard in a fine calligraphy, as if the feather was its own amanuensis and inscribed its own label, are details of the find: “picked at edge of miombo & guava orchard north of homestead, 10 February 2005, a very local species seldom seen at this property.”

    A Year on the Wing

  • Within the miombo vegetation, "islands" of other vegetation types, such as eutrophic savanna on richer soils, river terraces and floodplains, provide superior forage.

    Angolan Miombo woodlands

  • Invertebrates (termites and caterpillars in particular) are important ecological agents in miombo woodlands and probably remove more biomass than large mammals.

    Angolan Miombo woodlands

  • Thus, habitat fragmentation and modification through settlement and agriculture, woodcutting, and livestock impacts are minimal in much of the Angolan miombo woodlands.

    Angolan Miombo woodlands

  • While the avifauna of the Angolan miombo region is relatively rich, endemism levels are low with only the black-tailed cisticola (Cisticola melanura) considered near-endemic to the ecoregion.

    Angolan Miombo woodlands

  • Fire is an important ecological factor in miombo woodland.

    Angolan Miombo woodlands

  • Human populations in miombo woodland areas are generally low, due to the nutrient-poor soils that limit agricultural potential, as well as the widespread presence of tsetse fly (Glossina spp.).

    Angolan Miombo woodlands


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  • Swahili name for African caesalpinoid legume tree species of the genus Brachystegia.

    June 16, 2010