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A brief account of coast vegetation near Port Elizabeth

H. C. Taylor, J. W. Morris
Bothalia | Vol 13, No 3/4 | a1358 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v13i3/4.1358 | © 1981 H. C. Taylor, J. W. Morris | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 November 1981 | Published: 10 November 1981

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H. C. Taylor, Botanical Research Unit, Botanical Research Institute, Depart­ment of Agriculture and Fisheries, South Africa
J. W. Morris, Datametrical Services, Department o f Agriculture and Fisheries, South Africa

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The environment and vegetation of an area of coast north-east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, are briefly described. Five major vegetation categories are recognized. These are: 1.  Scaevola thunbergii Pioneer Vegetation of  littoral dunes and  Ficinia lateralis Sedgeland of calcrete gravel; 2.  Olea exasperata Bush,  Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus Bushclumps and Dune Woodland; 3. Sundays River Scrub; 4. Fynbos of calcrete areas; and 5.  Themeda triandra Grassland. Invasion of the area by Acacia cyclops (Australian W'attle) is described. A recommendation for the conservation of the area as a nature reserve is made.


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