Original Research

New azonal syntaxa from the hills and river banks of the Manyeleti Game Reserve, Northern Transvaal Province, South Africa

G.J. Bredenkamp, M.S. Deutschlander
Koedoe | Vol 38, No 1 | a304 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v38i1.304 | © 1995 G.J. Bredenkamp, M.S. Deutschlander | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 August 1995 | Published: 25 August 1995

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G.J. Bredenkamp, University of Pretoria, South Africa
M.S. Deutschlander, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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As part of a vegetation survey programme for nature conservation areas in South Africa, surveys of the plant communities of the rocky outcrops and river banks in the Manyeleti Game Reserve were undertaken. The Cardiospermo corindii-Acacietalia nigricentis are restricted to quartz and gabbro hills, mainly on shallow, soils, whereas the Spirostachyo africanae-Diospyretalia mespiliformis occur on the banks of small dry rivers. From a Braun-Blanquet analysis of the vegetation of the rocky outcrops and the riparian vegetation, two new orders, two new alliances and six new associations were identified and described. Additionally a quantitative assessment of the woody component of each association is presented. Ordinations based on floristic data revealed the position of the syntaxa on an environmental gradient.


Braun-Blanquet analysis, Classification, conservation area, new syntaxa, Northern Transvaal Lowveld.


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