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A reconnaissance survey of the vegetation of the North Luangwa National Park, Zambia

P. P. Smith
Bothalia | Vol 28, No 2 | a641 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v28i2.641 | © 1998 P. P. Smith | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 October 1998 | Published: 06 October 1998

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P. P. Smith, The Herbarium. Royal Botanic Gardens, United Kingdom

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Abstract

A comprehensive survey of the vegetation of the North Luangwa National Park (NLNP) was carried out over a period of two years. The main aims of the survey were to describe the major vegetation communities in the park and to produce a vegetation map of the NLNP

Initial differentiation of vegetation units was established by the appearance of the vegetation on aerial photographs Further information was derived from 353 ground plots in which > 20 000 woody plants were identified and measured Thirteen broad vegetation types were recognised in the NLNP Details of their physiognomy, species composition, distribution, topography and edaphic associations are given.

 


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Luangwa Valley; vegetation description; vegetation mapping; Zambia

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