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Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

The Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme (LHRP) was initiated on 1st August 2013. The goal of the LHRP is to maintain....

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Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Although additional surveys have yet to be undertaken, there can be no doubt that the Ranch supports well over half of the species of plants and animals present in Laikipia County.

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Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

Newsletter

The Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme Newsletter is produced bi-monthly. Visit the Newsletter page to download earlier issues.

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Lolldaiga Hills

About Lolldaiga Hills

Lolldaiga Hills Ranch is a 200 km2 (49,000 acre) cattle ranch and wildlife conservancy. Located 20 km north west of Mount Kenya at an altitude of 1,800 – 2,300 m, the Ranch has outstanding views of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares.

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Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape

About the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape

The Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape (LHCL) is comprised of four properties; Lolldaiga (ca. 200 km²), Ole Naishu (ca. 125 km²), Enasoit (ca. 17 km²), and Ol Jogi (ca. 210 km²)...

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Orchids of Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

By Carly Butynski, Tom Butynski, and Yvonne de Jong, 
Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

The plant family Orchidaceae is geographically extensive, with representatives found in every country excepting a number of islands and Antarctica. Because of their vast ecological range and brilliantly diverse flowers, orchids are of special interest to botanists, plant collectors, and conservationists alike. To date, four species of epiphytic orchid have been located on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch; Angraecum erectum, Rangaeris amaniensis, Ypsilopus longifolius, and Aerangis confusa. No species of terrestrial orchids have yet been found on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch.

We thank Dr. Benny Bytebier for the identification of the four species of orchid for which we have flowers.

Below are photographs of the four species of orchid that have been identified for Lolldaiga Hills Ranch.

Erect Angraecum (Angraecum erectum) at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Carly Butynski and Tom Butynski

Erect Angraecum (Angraecum erectum) at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Carly Butynski and Tom Butynski

Erect Angraecum (Angraecum erectum) at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Carly Butynski.

Erect Angraecum (Angraecum erectum) at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Carly Butynski.

Rangaeris amaniensis at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Carly Butynski and Tom Butynski.

Rangaeris amaniensis at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Carly Butynski and Tom Butynski.

Rangaeris amaniensis at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Carly Butynski and Tom Butynski.

Rangaeris amaniensis at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Carly Butynski and Tom Butynski.

Ypsilopus longifolius at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Carly Butynski and Tom Butynski.

Ypsilopus longifolius at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Carly Butynski and Tom Butynski.

Ypsilopus longifolius at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski.

Ypsilopus longifolius at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski.

Aerangis confusa at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski.

Aerangis confusa at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski.

Aerangis confusa at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski.

Aerangis confusa at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, Kenya. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski.

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