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The phytosociology of the northern section of the Borakalalo Nature Reserve

L.R. Brown, G.J. Bredenkamp, N. van Rooyen
Koedoe | Vol 39, No 1 | a279 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v39i1.279 | © 1996 L.R. Brown, G.J. Bredenkamp, N. van Rooyen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 August 1996 | Published: 06 August 1996

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L.R. Brown, Technikon SA, South Africa
G.J. Bredenkamp, University of Pretoria, South Africa
N. van Rooyen, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

After classifications and descriptions of the southern and western sections of the Borakalalo Nature Reserve were published, a study on the phytosociology of the northern part was initiated. The study is aimed at providing an ecological basis for establishing an efficient wildlife management programme for the reserve. From a TWINSPAN classification, refined by Braun-Blanquet procedures, 15 plant communities, which can be grouped into six major plant communities, were identified. Descriptions of the various plant communities, include diagnostic species, prominent species and less conspicuous species of the tree, shrub, forb and grass strata. A hierarchical classification, description of the plant communities and a vegetation map are presented.

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Borakalalo, conservation, floristic composition, plant communities, vegetation classification.

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