Plant Species Diversity and Composition of Two Wetlands in the Nairobi National Park, Kenya

  • WKS Ruto School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi, Nairobi
  • JI Kinyamario School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi, Nairobi
  • NK Ng'etich School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi, Nairobi
  • E Akunda School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi, Nairobi
  • JK Mworia School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi, Nairobi
Keywords: Species Diversity, Wetlands, Aquatic Weeds, Nairobi National Park

Abstract

Two wetlands (Hyena and Nalogomon) in the Nairobi National Park were investigated by comparing plant composition in and around their immediate vicinity. The most common aquatic plant species in the Hyena wetland was Cyperus dives while in the Nalogomon wetland was Typha domingensis. The terrestrial vegetation surrounding Hyena wetland dominated by while that of surrounding Nalogomon wetland was the grass Hyparrhemia rufa. It was also noted that Hyena Dam waters were colonized by aquatic weeds, namely Gunnera perpensa, Enhydra fluctuans and Ludwigia abyssinica, that were absent in Nalogomon wetland waters. This could have been due to eutrophication of the waters of Hyena Dam as it originated from human settlements (city estates) outside the park boundary.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/jowe.v6i0.5909

J Wet Eco 2012 (6): 07-15

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2012-11-02
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Ruto, W., Kinyamario, J., Ng’etich, N., Akunda, E., & Mworia, J. (2012). Plant Species Diversity and Composition of Two Wetlands in the Nairobi National Park, Kenya. Journal of Wetlands Ecology, 6, 7-15. https://doi.org/10.3126/jowe.v6i0.5909
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