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East Africa – A Botanical Paradise

After nearly three years of living in Tanzania, I am still amazed at the botanical paradise which surrounds me everyday, all year round.

From the hibiscus flowers and bird of paradise plants in private gardens, public municipal areas and hotels, to hedgerows at bus-stops heavy with bougainvillea and frangipani petals lying on the floor, the exotic plants on every corner add to the riot of colour of daily life in sub-Saharan Africa.

East Africa is rightly famous for its wildlife, and visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the flora and fauna. The complete flora of tropical East Africa was recently catalogued, and 135 botanists from 21 countries recorded a total of 12,104 wild plant species in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

From acacia trees to flowering plants, new species are being discovered all the time, with 114 plant species being listed in the last four years alone.

Here are some of my photographs of my favourites plants, flowers and trees, spotted in my garden, at bars and restaurants, in the school grounds where I work or on my way home.

And fellow bloggers and/or botanists , if I have put the wrong name for any of these plants, trees or flowers, please contact me and let me know so I can correct it. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  1. januusworld July 22, 2017

    Awesome n Eye catching n pleasing photographs…. I really loved the pics… Good job

  2. lenalimhamn July 22, 2017

    Ooohhh, ooohhh, ooohhh…thank you! Makes me long so much!

  3. thelongview July 23, 2017

    Lovely flowers! And the calico flowers are so strange and beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    • Ali Dunnell July 23, 2017

      Thank you – they really are so beautiful. Although like most wild flowers once picked they die within minutes – I was so lucky to have them growing in my garden πŸ™‚

  4. thewonderer86 July 23, 2017

    Gorgeous photos.

  5. walshswanderlust July 24, 2017


  6. texaslawstudent July 26, 2017

    Gorgeous pictures!

  7. sandra August 1, 2017

    Really lovely. I think the first pic are plumerias.

  8. Pooja Thapliyal August 30, 2017

    So lovely to know the flora details. These pictures are treat to my eyes. 😍

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  10. carrieemann September 16, 2017

    Gorgeous photos. East Africa’s biodiversity is really incredible!

  11. Passport Kiwi | A Travel Blog September 17, 2017

    Beautiful photos! These are really bright and colourful flowers, must be so beautiful to see in person.

  12. September 17, 2017

    Asante sana for such amazing photos. I spent a number of months traveling through Kenya many years ago and fell in love with the region — its people, tapestry, colors. You took me back, if for only a moment. πŸ˜‰

  13. Andi Fisher (@andi_fisher) September 18, 2017

    What a wonderful variety of species to visit and photograph! My husband would go crazy here, he loves taking photos of interesting plants. The reds are gorgeous!

  14. Pia September 23, 2017

    stunning pictures. These colors and forms of the flowers are incredible.

  15. ambuj05 January 10, 2018

    Those flowers look so beautiful! I really wanna roam around in the botanical garden and spend some moments absorbing nature’s bounty!

  16. lucywilliamsglobal January 11, 2018

    These flowers are beautiful! I have never seen half of them before, how lucky you are to see these on a daily basis.

  17. Eric Gamble January 11, 2018

    Wow, those are some amazing flowers you found in Tanzania and other places. I think I love the Starfire Lilly and the Yellow Canna Lilly the most. That starfire Lilly would just blow my mind if I saw it randomly growing along a trail.
    I am glad you stopped to smell the flowers and thank you for reminding us to stop and witness the beauty around us.

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