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The vegetation types and management units of Goedverwacht farm in the mixed bushveld of the Northern Province, South Africa

L. Breebaart, M. Deutschlander
Koedoe | Vol 40, No 2 | a271 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v40i2.271 | © 1997 L. Breebaart, M. Deutschlander | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 August 1997 | Published: 06 August 1997

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L. Breebaart, University of Pretoria, South Africa
M. Deutschlander, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

An analysis of the vegetation of Goedverwacht farm in the mixed bushveld of the Northern Province is presented. Releves were compiled in 33 stratified random sample plots. Eight distinct plant communities were identified by means ofBraun-Blanquet pro-cedures. Detrended correspondence analysis (DCA) was applied to the floristic data set using the computer programme DECORANA (Detrended Correspondence Analysis) to determine a probable environmental gradient and to facilitate in the identification of management units. The computer programme CANOCO (Canonical Correspondence Analysis) was used to apply canonical correspondence analysis (CCA) to the floristic data set. Two management units were determined by means of vegetation ordinations and soil data. A classification, description and ecological interpretation of the plant communities as well as a description of the management units are presented.

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Braun-Blanquet classification, CANOCO, DECORANA, management units, mixed bushveld, ordination, plant communities.

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