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Floristic analysis of the Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape

U. Pond, B.B. Beesley, L.R. Brown, H. Bezuidenhout
Koedoe | Vol 45, No 1 | a18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v45i1.18 | © 2002 U. Pond, B.B. Beesley, L.R. Brown, H. Bezuidenhout | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 2002 | Published: 17 January 2002

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U. Pond, Technikon SA, South Africa
B.B. Beesley, Technikon SA, South Africa
L.R. Brown, Technikon SA, South Africa
H. Bezuidenhout, South African National Parks, South Africa

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Abstract

As part of a larger project to assess the vegetation dynamics and conservation potential of the enlarged Mountain Zebra National Park, a checklist was produced to determine the plant species richness for this area. Six hundred and eighty species, represented by 333 genera and 87 families were identified. One hundred and eighty species belong to the Monocotyledoneae and 479 species to the Dicotyledoneae. By far the largest families are the Asteraceae with 129 and the Poaceae with 82 species. Thirteen Red Data species were recorded. A number of fynbos elements were encountered, the most noteworthy being two families endemic to the Cape Floristic Region, the Penaeaceae and Grubbiaceae. A very high species to square kilometre ratio of 5.05 supports the area’s rich floristic composition.

Keywords

Floristic analysis; Species richness; Plant species list; Mountain Zebra

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