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Flora of the Kap River Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

E. C. Cloete, R. A. Lubke
Bothalia | Vol 29, No 1 | a585 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v29i1.585 | © 1999 E. C. Cloete, R. A. Lubke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 September 1999 | Published: 30 September 1999

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E. C. Cloete, Dept of Botany. University of Transkei, South Africa
R. A. Lubke, Dept of Botany, Rhodes University, South Africa

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Abstract

A detailed analysis ot the flora of the newly proclaimed Kap River Reserve (600 ha) is given. The reserve is adjacent to the Fish River and some 5 km from the Fish River Mouth It consists of a coastal plateau up to 100 m a.s.I. which is steeply dissected by the two rivers that partially form the boundary of the reserve. The flora of the reserve was sampled over a period o f three years and plants were collected in all the vegetation types of grassland, thicket and forest. 488 species were collected with a species to family ratio of 4:4. The majority of the taxa recorded represent the major phytochoria of the region. Nineteen species are endemic to the Eastern Cape, two are classed as vulnerable, five are rare, six are protected and a further seventeen are of uncertain status. The flora of the Kap River has closest affinities to that of the Alexandria Forest.


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endangered; endemic; checklist; grassland; thicket. Eastern Cape. South Africa

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