A flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division Magnoliophyta, also called angiosperms). The biological function of a flower is to effect reproduction, usually by providing a mechanism for the union of sperm with eggs. Flowers may facilitate outcrossing (fusion of sperm and eggs from different individuals in a population) or allow selfing (fusion of sperm and egg from the same flower). Source: Wikipedia
Kitulo National Park
Kitulo National Park is a protected area of montane grassland on the Kitulo Plateau in the southern highlands of Tanzania. The park is at an elevation of 2,600 meters ( 8,500 ft) between the peak of the region Kipegere and Poroto mountains. It covers 412.9 square kilometers ( 159.4 sq ml) lying in Mbeya Region and Njombe Region. The park is under Tanzania National Park ( TANAPA) and the first national park in tropical Africa to establish primarily to protect its flora.
Botanists have dubbed kitulo plateau the “Serengeti of flowers. Kitulo national park knows us “ Bustani ya Mungu” – the garden of God. The first park in Tanzania to be set aside for its floral significant. Kitulo is home to a dizzying array of flowers and plants, including 350 species and 45 species of orchids. Covering 413km2, Kitulo is accessible from Chimala township, 78 km east f Mbeya City along the Tanzania-Zambia highway. The park is one of the most important discoveries for the great Ruaha River.
Flowers, the best time to visit
Wildflower displays a peak between December and April. The sunnier months of September to November are more comfortable for hiking but less rewarding to botanists. Conditions are cold and foggy from June to August.
Good hiking trails exist and will soon start into a formal trail system. Open walking across the grasslands to watch birds and wildflowers—Hill climbing on the neighboring ranges. A half-day hike from the park across the Livingstone Mountains leads to the sumptuous Matema Beach on Lake Nyasa.
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