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The woody vegetation communities of the Hluhluwe-Corridor- Umfolozi Game Reserve Complex

A. Whateley, R. N. Porter
Bothalia | Vol 14, No 3/4 | a1236 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v14i3/4.1236 | © 1983 A. Whateley, R. N. Porter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 November 1983 | Published: 06 November 1983

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A. Whateley, Natal Parks, Game and Fish Preservation Board, South Africa
R. N. Porter, Natal Parks, Game and Fish Preservation Board, South Africa

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Abstract

Land units for the 900 km- Hluhluwe-Corridor-Umfolozi Game Reserve Complex in north eastern Natal were identified on aerial photographs. The physiognomy, dominants and description of the woody vegetation for each unit were identified during ground inspections and. where necessary, the point-centred quarter method was applied. Two forest, two riverine forest, ten woodland and two thicket communities were recognized. These communities are described according to their distribution, height and percentage frequency of the components in the different canopy strata. A map at a scale of 1:25 000 was also compiled. Some of these communities are compared with other similar woodlands previously described for Natal. In some communities the frequency of certain dominant canopy species in the under tree strata was extremely low and autecological research has been suggested.


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