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The vegetation of the southern Langeberg, Cape Province. 1. The plant communities of the Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

D. J Mcdonald
Bothalia | Vol 23, No 1 | a798 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v23i1.798 | © 1993 D. J Mcdonald | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 October 1993 | Published: 10 October 1993

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D. J Mcdonald, National Botanical Institute., South Africa

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Abstract

An analysis of the fynbos shrublands and forests of the Boosmansbos Wilderness Area, southern Langeberg, Cape Province, South Africa, is presented. Data were collected at 119 sites in mature fynbos vegetation (>10 years old) and at five sites in patches of Afromontane Forest. Emphasis was placed on the fynbos shrublands and sample sites were subjectively located along a transect from south to north across the Langeberg range in the study area. This south to north orientation follows a complex gradient of changes in aspect, slope, geology, soil form and climate. Data were initially analysed using TWINSPAN and the resulting classification refined using Braun-Blanquet procedures. One forest subassociation and 12 fynbos communities were identified and described. A proposed hierarchical classification of the fynbos communities is presented.


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classification; forest; fynbos; Langeberg; phytosociology

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