Maputaland coastal forest mosaic

WWF Abstract

The Maputaland Coastal Forest Mosaic ecoregion teems with an incredible variety of plants, from aloes to succulent euphorbias that resemble cactus. Known as a center of plant diversity, this ecoregion is home to more than 200 endemic plants. Trees such as real yellowwood and white witchhazel are common, as well as shrubs and climbers like common spikethorn and cat-thorn and grasses such as basketgrass. Many of the plants here are valued for their medicinal properties. In fact, this region is one of the major sources for the medicinal plant trade in southern Africa. The region is also home to an amazing diversity of reptiles, many of which are endemic. The forest thread snake, for example, is a small snake restricted to the coastal forests.
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Ecozone:Afrotropic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Countries:Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa
Area:7,488,000 acres (3,030,286 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Protected Areas

Hlane Royal National Park
Mlawula Nature Reserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER