Original Research

Plant communities of the forests, woodlands and thickets in northern KwaZulu-Natal

H.C. Eckhardt, N. Van Rooyen, G.J. Bredenkamp
Koedoe | Vol 40, No 1 | a266 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v40i1.266 | © 1997 H.C. Eckhardt, N. Van Rooyen, G.J. Bredenkamp | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 August 1997 | Published: 01 August 1997

About the author(s)

H.C. Eckhardt, University of Pretoria, South Africa
N. Van Rooyen, University of Pretoria, South Africa
G.J. Bredenkamp, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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An analysis of the woody vegetation of northern KwaZulu-Natal is presented. Releves were compiled in 102 stratified random sample plots. A TWINSPAN classification, refined by Braun-Blanquet procedures, revealed 24 plant communities, also referred to as vegetation units. For each of these vegetation units, the species richness was determined. Four associations were identified which have a conservation importance. An ordination (DECORANA), based on floristic data, revealed the position of the syntaxa on environmental gradients.


classification, community, conservation, new syntaxa, species richness, vegetation unit.


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