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The plant communities of the Andover Game Reserve, South Africa

Heath P. Cronje, Mike D. Panagos, Brian K. Reilly
Koedoe | Vol 50, No 1 | a137 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v50i1.137 | © 2008 Heath P. Cronje, Mike D. Panagos, Brian K. Reilly | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2008 | Published: 10 December 2008

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Heath P. Cronje, Doornkloof Nature Reserve, South Africa
Mike D. Panagos, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa
Brian K. Reilly, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

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Abstract

Floristic characteristics of the Andover Game Reserve (AGR) were surveyed using an area-based survey technique and classified according to the data recorded from 88 relevés, using the PHYTOTAB-PC software package. Three plant communities, of which two each contain two variants, were described and mapped. The plant communities and their causative environmental factors were validated through detrended- and canonical correspondence multivariate analyses. The plant communities of the AGR were found to typify the floristics associated with the catenal sequences located in undulating areas on granite. Broad-leaved savanna is located at the crest and upper mid-slopes while fine-leaved savanna occurs along the footslopes of the AGR. Seeplines, a characteristic occurrence along catenas, are found at the transitional zone between the upper broad- and lower fine-leaved savanna plant communities. This study forms the basis for the compilation of a revised ecological management plan for the Andover Game Reserve.

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Plant communities; PHYTOTAB-PC; catena; savanna; granitic soils

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