Mlawula Nature Reserve's Flora
The flora of the reserve comprises about 1035 plant species including 55 alien species.
For a detailed listing of species, see Mlawula Flora Checklist
Information on vegetation types
Species of Conservation Significance
Due to the current poor level of knowledge of the status and distribution of plant species in Swaziland, it is difficult to determine which species should be given priority for conservation. However, a provisional list of twenty one species has been drawn up based on available regional and international status information, local rarity and regional distribution:
Key to conservation status codes:
Fifty five alien plant species of mainly South American origin occur in the reserve. Many alien plants are carried into the reserve by the Mbuluzi and Mlawula rivers. The most problematic aliens are Chromolaena odorata, Lantana camara and Melia azederach. The savanna areas have been colonised by a number of alien herbaceous species, especially Parthenium hysterophorus, as a consequence of overstocking.
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