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Notes on the Vegetation of the Cape Flats

H. C. Taylor
Bothalia | Vol 10, No 4 | a1573 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v10i4.1573 | © 1972 H. C. Taylor | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 November 1972 | Published: 17 November 1972

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H. C. Taylor, Botanical Research Institute, Department of Agricultural Technical Services, South Africa

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Abstract

Though the Cape Flats, adjoining Cape Town, were among the first explored parts o f South Africa, their vegetation, rapidly being altered by encroachment o f alien plants, has not been described before. In these notes, five inland and four coastal plant communities, delineated by habitat, are described; their relationships with one another and with coast-flats vegetation elsewhere are suggested. Observations on means of regeneration after fire show that the woody, tropical-derived element regenerates rapidly from coppice, while the “fynbos” or temperate sclerophyll element contains many seed-regenerating species. Succession in the fynbos is thus more complex and prolonged.


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