Browsing Desert Plants, Volume 26, Number 2 (December 2010) by Authors
Floral Survey of Central and Northern NamibiaButler, Gregory J.; Liang, Irene; Sussman, Spencer; Wilson, Tom; The University of Arizona, School of Natural Resource and the Environment; The University of Arizona, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences (University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 2010-12)The Boyce Thompson Arboretum, an Arizona State Park located in Superior, Arizona, selected a three member team of researchers to study unique plants found in central and northern Namibia. The results of this study will be used to select plants for cultivation in a new southern African flora exhibit at Boyce Thompson Arboretum representing the floral diversity of the Kalahari, Karoo and Namib deserts. This botanic survey was conducted during a University of Arizona study abroad class which took place May 24-July 4, 2010. As part of the survey, the related soil, ecologic, climatic, geographical, and ethnobotanic characteristics were recorded. Size, distribution, and location for each species were noted and land formations were documented. The land formations and soils of Namibia were superficially similar to those of southeastern Arizona. To contribute to Boyce Thompson Arboretum's educational public outreach objectives, we recorded the varied uses of plants based on personal observations, data found in published materials, and interviews conducted with the Himba people. Based on our results, we recommended 21 species suitable for cultivation and interpretation in the new exhibit.