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The vegetation and identification of management units of the Honnet Nature Reserve, Northern Province, South Africa

N. Visser, W. van Hoven, G.K. Theron
Koedoe | Vol 39, No 1 | a280 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v39i1.280 | © 1996 N. Visser, W. van Hoven, G.K. Theron | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 August 1996 | Published: 06 August 1996

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N. Visser, University of Pretoria, South Africa
W. van Hoven, University of Pretoria, South Africa
G.K. Theron, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

An analysis of the vegetation of the Honnet Nature Reserve, Northern Province is presented. Releves were compiled in 56 stratified random sample plots. The Braun- Blanquet procedure revealed 12 distinct plant communities and four sub-communities. The Variable Quadrant Plot Method was used in the structural analysis of the communities and management units. The data were ordinated using Detrended Correspondence Analysis (DECORANA) to determine possible relations and gradients between and in the plant communities. Six management units were identified by means of the vegetation ordination, plant communities and the physical environment. A hierarchical classification, description and ecological interpretation of the vegetation units and a descrip- tion of the management units are presented.

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Braun-Blanquet classification, DECORANA, management units, Mopane Veld, ordination, plant communities, veld condition.

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