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A vegetation classification and description of five wetland systems and their respective zones on the Maputaland Coastal Plain

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dc.contributor.advisor Brown, L. R.
dc.contributor.advisor Bredenkamp, George J.
dc.contributor.advisor Van Huyssteen, C. Pretorius, Mathilde Luïse 2013-05-14T12:22:45Z 2013-05-14T12:22:45Z 2012-02
dc.identifier.citation Pretorius, Mathilde Luïse (2013) A vegetation classification and description of five wetland sysems and their respective zones on the Maputuland Coastal Plain, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The Maputaland Coastal Plain in Kwa Zulu-Natal is covered by aeolian sands . According to the national wetland delineation manual delineating wetlands in this area is complex due to problematic wetland soils. The aim of this study was to classify and describe the vegetation of the different zones of the wetland systems to determine the main drivers of the plant communities. The understanding of these complex ecosystems could assist in wetland delineation. Twenty wetlands from five wetland systems were surveyed. The vegetation zones of each wetland were sampled and basic environmental data were collected. The results from this study indicate that different plant species assemblages are characteristic for the wetland zones. However, zone delineation using vegetation composition varies between the different wetland systems, and should be evaluated according to the system in question. The major determinants of the vegetation communities in wetlands on the MCP are the substrate type and hydrological regime en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (122 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights University of South Africa
dc.subject Maputaland Coastal Plain en
dc.subject Sandy Coastal Aquifer en
dc.subject Wetland delineation en
dc.subject Zone delineation en
dc.subject Braun-Blanquet cover abundance scale en
dc.subject Phytosociological classification en
dc.subject Vegetation description en
dc.subject Substrate type en
dc.subject Hydrological regime en
dc.subject.ddc 577.68096843
dc.subject.lcsh Wetland plants -- South Africa -- Maputaland en
dc.subject.lcsh Wetland surveys -- South Africa -- Maputaland en
dc.title A vegetation classification and description of five wetland systems and their respective zones on the Maputaland Coastal Plain en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Environmental Sciences en M.Sc. (Environmental Management)

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