oa Journal of East African Natural History - Curculionidae (Weevils) of the alpine zone of Mount Kenya

Volume 1968, Issue 117
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



In March 1966, a number of biologists of University College, Nairobi, under the leadership of Dr. Malcolm J. Coe, undertook a research expedition to the alpine zone of Mount Kenya. The main purpose of the expedition was to study the ecology of the relatively dry northern slopes of Mount Kenya which, from a biological standpoint, were virtually unknown. The Base Camp was erected at 12,500 ft. (3,800 m.) in the Kazita West Valley. Most work was carried out in the vicinity of the camp, but a number of collections were made up to the head of the valley (c. 14,000 ft. - 4,300m). The vegetation in this region is fairly typical of the lower alpine zone: consisting mainly of open tussock grassland and patches of Carex monostachya A. Rich. bog on drainage impeded soils. Collections were made in the following situations: 1. Festuca abyssinica St-Yves and F. pilgeri A. Rich. tussocks. 2. Lobelia keniensis R.E. Fr. & Th. Fr. jr. rosettes and inflorescences. 3. Open soil and rocky ground.

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