Original Research

The phytosociology of the western section of Borakalalo Nature Reserve

L.R. Brown, G.J. Bredenkamp, N. van Rooyen
Koedoe | Vol 38, No 2 | a314 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v38i2.314 | © 1995 L.R. Brown, G.J. Bredenkamp, N. van Rooyen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 August 1995 | Published: 26 August 1995

About the author(s)

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


As part of a vegetation survey programme for conservation areas in South Africa, the plant communities of the western section of the Borakalalo Nature Reserve were investigated. From a TWINSPAN classification, refined by Braun-Blanquet procedures, 19 plant communities, which can be grouped into eleven major groups, were identified. A classification and description of these communities, some of which have a karoo affinity, are presented. The diagnostic species, as well as the prominent and less conspicu- ous species of the tree, shrub, herb and grass strata are outlined. A vegetation map is included.


Borakalalo, Braun-Blanquet procedures, conservation area, plant communities, TWINSPAN, vegetation classification.


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