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An ecological study of the major vegetation communities of the Vaalbos National Park, Northern Cape. 1. The Than-Droogeveld section

H. Bezuidenhout
Koedoe | Vol 37, No 2 | a335 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v37i2.335 | © 1994 H. Bezuidenhout | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 August 1994 | Published: 27 August 1994

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H. Bezuidenhout, National Parks Board, South Africa

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Abstract

A detailed classification, description and mapping of the Than-Droogeveld section of the Vaalbos National Park, Northern Cape Province, were initiated. This classification is intended to serve as an ecological basis for the establishment of an efficient wildlife management programme as well as conservation policies for the Vaalbos National Park. Using a numerical classification technique (TWINSPAN) as a first approximation, the classification was refined by applying Braun-Blanquet procedures. A hierarchical classification, as well as description, ecological interpretation and a vegetation map are presented. In the phytosociological table 11 major plant communities are recognised.

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conservation, environmental data, Northern Cape, Vaalbos National Park, vegetation classification.

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