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Tour Kilimanjaro


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Summit Alpine Desert Moorland Heath Rain Forest Cultivated Areas

Introduction

Heath

Bushy heaths of the Erica genus characterize the zone of the same name high on Kilimanjaro.

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Zone 3: Heath
Altitude: roughly 9,200 to 11,000 feet

Mist and fog cling to the forest at the lower edge of this zone, but soon the land opens out into a clear and cool landscape of heather and other plants characteristic of heath. The many grasses that abound here are vital for safeguarding the soil and conserving the fleeting moisture. They also harbor all manner of everlasting flowers, from the leathery-leaved, artichoke-like Protea to the red-hot poker, a tall, striking plant with red or yellow tubular blossoms.

   

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