The Banana Forests of Kilimanjaro: Biodiversity and Conservation of the Chagga Homegardens

  title={The Banana Forests of Kilimanjaro: Biodiversity and Conservation of the Chagga Homegardens},
  author={Andreas Hemp},
  journal={Biodiversity \& Conservation},
  • A. Hemp
  • Published 2004
  • Environmental Science
  • Biodiversity & Conservation
Natural flora, vegetation, diversity and structure of 62 traditional coffee–banana plantations on Kilimanjaro were investigated and compared with the other vegetation formations on this volcano on basis of over 1400 plots following the method of Braun-Blanquet. The vegetation of the so-called Chagga homegardens belongs floristically to the formation of ruderal vegetation forming two main communities that are determined by altitude. These coffee–banana plantations maintain a high biodiversity… 
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