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The vegetation of the farms Ingleside and Welgedacht of the Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape

Show simple item record Brown, L.R. Bezuidenhout, H. 2010-06-02T07:05:56Z 2010-06-02T07:05:56Z 2005
dc.identifier.citation Brown, L R & Bezuidenhout, H 2005,'The vegetation of the farms Ingleside and Welgedacht of the Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape', vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 23-42. [] en
dc.identifier.issn 0075-6468
dc.description Applied Behavioural Ecology & Ecosystem Research Unit Arid Ecosystems Research Unit; thanks to Mr Johan de Klerk for his dedication and support of this project; Dr Stephen Holness for the assistance with the maps; Mr Ernest Daemane (Kimberley South African National Parks Herbarium–KSAN) for verifying the plant species names;and GN Dithlale (UNISA) for assistance with the species data analysis. en
dc.description.abstract South Africa is well known for its semi-arid lowland areas that have a distinct flora and species composition. Because ecosystems react differently to different management practices, it is important that a description and classification of the vegetation of an area be done. As part of a vegetation survey programme for the newly acquired farms incorporated into the Mountain Zebra National Park, the vegetation of the Ingleside and Welgedacht sections were surveyed following the Braun-Blanquet approach. From a TWINSPAN classification, refined by Braun-Blanquet procedures, 10 shrub and grassland plant communities, which can be grouped into seven major groups, were identified. A classification and description of these communities, as well as a vegetation map are presented. The diagnostic species as well as the prominent and less conspicuous species of the tree, shrub, herb and grass strata are outlined. The area generally comprises lowland communities and higher-lying communities. The lower-lying communities consist mainly of two communities and comprise the largest proportion of the area in hectares. In contrast, the higher-lying communities are more diverse with specific habitats. Using the Ecological Index Method the veld condition and grazing capacity were calculated for each community and the total study area. Large sections of the lowland areas are overgrazed due to previous farming grazing practices while the higher-lying areas that were less accessible to the animals are in a slightly better condition. Overall this has resulted in the area generally being degraded within a high grazing capacity of 30.1 ha/LSU. en
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Foundation (NRF) UNISA SANParks and management of Mountain Zebra National Park en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Koedoe en
dc.subject Braun-Blanquet en
dc.subject Plant communities en
dc.subject TWINSPAN en
dc.subject Vegetation classification en
dc.subject Veld condition en
dc.subject Grazing capacity en
dc.title The vegetation of the farms Ingleside and Welgedacht of the Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape en
dc.type Article en

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