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Classification of the vegetation of the Ba land type in the Mooi River catchment area, Transvaal

H. Bezuidenhout
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 10, No 2 | a494 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v10i2.494 | © 1991 H. Bezuidenhout | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 July 1991 | Published: 08 July 1991

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H. Bezuidenhout,, South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify, characterize and interpret ecologically, by using habitat characteristics, the major vege­tation units and their variations of the Ba land type. Six plant communities were successfully distinguished through applying a numerical classification (TWINSPAN) and Braun-Blanquet procedures. The plant communities could easily be correlated with specific habitat types. A clear distinction could be made between plant communities of the upland and lowland areas. Vegetation gradients and associated gradients in habitat were identified by using an ordination technique (DECORANA). The studv emphasized the importance of topography and soil type for the delimitation of management units for farming or nature conservation practices.

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