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The vegetation of the north-western Orange Free State, South Africa. 2. The D land type

M. S. Kooij, G. J. Bredenkamp
Bothalia | Vol 20, No 2 | a930 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v20i2.930 | © 1990 M. S. Kooij, G. J. Bredenkamp | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 October 1990 | Published: 17 October 1990

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M. S. Kooij,, South Africa
G. J. Bredenkamp,, South Africa

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Abstract

As part of a research programme on the synthesis of the vegetation of the western Grassland Biome, the plant communities of the D land type of the north-western Orange Free State were investigated. The results of a numerical classification (TWINSPAN) of 59 reievés were refined by Braun-Blanquet procedures. The analyses revealed eight plant communities which may be grouped into two major communities. A hierarchical classification, description and ecological interpretation of the plant communities, and an ordination (DECORANA) with associated environmental gradients, are presented.


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classification; habitat interpretation; plant communities; western Grassland Biome

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