Lovett, J.C. 1989. Notes on the forest at Luisenga stream Mufindi, Tanzania. East Africa
NOTES ON THE FOREST AT LUISENGA STREAM, MUFINDI, TANZANIA
Luisenga stream on the Brooke Bond Tea Estate, Mufindi District, Iringa Region, Tanzania, 8 36 S 35 18 E, is a
passes through a forested valley with an irregular canopy about 10 metres tall, to disappear amongst rocks at
1,700 metres during the dry season and reappear again to fall down the Mufindi escarpment. The dry season is
26 weeks long from the 1st week in June to the 4th week of November, the mean annual rainfall is about 1,600
mm, and the mean monthly temperature is from 17.5 C in January to 13 C in July.
Uzungwa and Rungwe mountains; the climbing bamboo Pseudocoix perrieri which flowered in 1988 for the
first time in local memory and is now dying back; the orchid Stolzia christopheri which is only known from the
Luisenga and adjacent Kigogo forests; an as yet undescribed species of Eugenia which is only known from the
Luisenga; and the bird Dryocichloides lowei which is only known from the Uzungwa and Njombe highlands.