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, 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. Thanks You.

29 Comments Add yours

  1. januusworld says:

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

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  2. lenalimhamn says:

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

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      It really is so beautiful here

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  3. thelongview says:

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

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      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 🙂

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thank you wondering woman!

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks 🌺🌴🙂

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks – Tanzania really is such a beautiful place 🙂

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      1. I’ll have to visit soon!

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  4. sandra says:

    Really lovely. I think the first pic are plumerias.

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks Sandra – I’ll have a Google and check. Ali

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    2. Ali Dunnell says:

      Well I learnt something new – plumerias are the same flower as frangipani… Thanks for your help Sandra 🙂

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

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks Pooja. The flowers and plants here in East Africa are truly beautiful. Ali

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thank you ‘Restless Feet’

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  6. carrieemann says:

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

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      Thanks carrieemann – It really is an amazing place 🙂

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

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      It certainly is. And these flowers really are everywhere. Thanks for your positive feedback. Ali

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  8. 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. 😉

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      It really is such a vibrant part of the world Michael – I am glad my photos brought back fond memories for you. Ali

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  9. 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!

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    1. Ali Dunnell says:

      It is such a beautiful place and these flowers are everywhere 🙂

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  10. Pia says:

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

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