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A Few Angiosperms from Kidepo

Kidepo National Park in northern Uganda is really a place for the bigger, more charismatic organisms, like lions and elephants and giraffe and things.  However, it had an interesting selection of shrubbier flowering plants with inflorescences that were typically small and very close to the ground.  The fruit of that star-shaped purple solanaceous flower is said to be a blood coagulant as well as a sore throat remedy.  Pollinators appeared scarce.  In fact the only acts of pollination I witnessed were carried out by ants, which could explain why a lot of the flowers were close to the ground.

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