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A vegetation survey of the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park

N. Hanekom, A. Southwood, M. Ferguson
Koedoe | Vol 32, No 1 | a464 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v32i1.464 | © 1989 N. Hanekom, A. Southwood, M. Ferguson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 1989 | Published: 20 October 1989

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N. Hanekom, Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park, South Africa
A. Southwood, Department of Nature and Environment Conservation, South Africa
M. Ferguson, Forestry Branch, South Africa

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Abstract

Sampling plots (5 m x 10 m in fynbos, 10 m x 10 m in forest) were analysed in the littoral, coastal escarpment, and north and south facing inland escarp- ment zones of 17 transect sites along the length of the Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park. Cover- abundance values were estimated for each species in the sampling plots. A detrended correspondence analysis (using CANOCO) and a two way indicator species analysis (TWINSPAN) were carried out on these data to determine the communities sampled. The vegetation of the park was classified into an Afromontane Forest, a Littoral Herbland and two Mesic Mountain Fynbos Communities. The distribution and extent of these communities were determined and their conservation discussed.

Keywords

Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park, vegetation survey, Mesic Mountain Fynbos, Afromontane Forest.

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