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A vegetation description and floristic analyses of the springs on the Kammanassie Mountain, Western Cape

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dc.contributor.author Cleaver, G.
dc.contributor.author Brown, L.R.
dc.contributor.author Bredenkamp, G.J.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-29T13:18:58Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-29T13:18:58Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation Cleaver, G, Brown, LR & Bredenkamp, GJ. 2004, ' A vegetation description and floristic analyses of the springs on the Kammanassie Mountain, Western Cape', kodoe, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 19-36. [http://www.koedoe.co.za/index.php/koedoe] en
dc.identifier.issn 2071-0771
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/3258
dc.description ABEERU Applied Behavioural Ecology Research Unit UNISA en
dc.description.abstract The Kammanassie Mountain is a declared mountain catchment area and a Cape mountain zebra Equus zebra zebra population is preserved on the mountain. The high number of springs on the mountain not only provides water for the animal species but also contributes to overall ecosystem functioning. Long-term conservation of viable ecosystem requires a broader understanding of the ecological processes involved. It was therefore decided that a classification, description and mapping of the spring vegetation of the Kammanassie Mountain be undertaken. A TWINSPAN classification, refined by Braun-Blanquet procedures, revealed 11 major plant communities that could be related to geological origin. Habitat factors associated with differences in vegetation include topography, soil type and grazing. Descriptions of the plant communities include diagnostic species as well as prominent and less conspicuous species of the tree, shrub and herbaceous layers. The results also indicate a high species richness compared to similar regions and the difference between plant communities of wet and dry springs. This data is important for long-term monitoring of the spring ecosystems as well as for the compilation of management plans. en
dc.description.sponsorship Water Research Commission UNISA (old Technikon SA) Western Cape Nature Conservation Board en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Koedoe en
dc.subject Springs en
dc.subject Kammanassie mountain en
dc.subject Braun-Blanquet en
dc.subject Plant communities en
dc.subject TWINSPAN en
dc.subject Plant species richness en
dc.title A vegetation description and floristic analyses of the springs on the Kammanassie Mountain, Western Cape en
dc.type Article en


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