Athi-Kapiti estate, KARLO Kiboko and University of Nairobi, Kibwezi dryland farm.
Students taking notes on varius range trees,shrubs and grass description
BSC Range Management 3rd year students taking course on Range plants and their values from department Land Resources and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) were led by their lecturer Dr. Oliver Wasonga acompanied by Ms Carolyne Kyalo and Mr John Musembi to three main ecosystems of range lands of south eastern Kenya. The first aim of the academic trip was to study various grasses species and herbaceous plants which are poisonous, medicinal and browsable that grows in the three subsets Athi Kipiti-Kiboko-Kibwezi subsects.
The second aim of the trip was to collect, describe and mount the plant species as part of the herbarium practice techniques. This was in fulfillment of practical number 9 in their course outline. Among tree families studied were meliacea, leguminosae, zygophyllaceae, cappraraceae, combretaceae, euphorbiaceae and malvaceae. Most of leguminose species from sub-family mimosoideae and caesalpinioideae.
Grasses studied and collected were: Themeda triandra,
Aristida kenensis, Cenchrus ciliaris, Pennisetum mesianum,Enteropogon macrostychus, Chloris roxburgiana and Enteropogon superba. Most of these grass species are perennial and mostly used in rehabilitation of range lands. Trees like Balanitis glabra, Balanitis aegyptiaca, Acacia nilotica, Melia volkensii, Adansonia digitata, Maerua edulis, Delonix alata, Combretum aculeatum, Acacia mellifera, Acacia torlitis, Jatropha carcus, Acacia Senegal, Senna spectabilis, Senna siamea and Tamarindus indica were also collected, described and mounted for taxonomic practices.