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The marsh vegetation of Kleinmond Lagoon

M. O'Callaghan
Bothalia | Vol 24, No 2 | a777 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v24i2.777 | © 1994 M. O'Callaghan | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 October 1994 | Published: 10 October 1994

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M. O'Callaghan, Stress Ecology Research Unit, National Botanical Institute, South Africa

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The vegetation of Kleinmond Lagoon suggests that this system is in transition from an estuary to a coastal lake. Two major types of vegetation were recognized, one which is subjected to soil and water conditions of marine origin and the other which is subjected to conditions of terrestrial origin. These vegetation types are discussed and compared to the vegetation of other estuarine systems. Artificial manipulations of the mouth seem to have resulted in sediment deposition and a freshening of the system. These unseasonable manipulations also threaten the continued existence of a number of species in the system.


Kleinmond Lagoon; saltmarsh. species distribution; zonation


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