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The vegetation ecology of the Eastern Transvaal Escarpment in the Sabie area. 2. Floristic classification

G. B. Deall, G. K. Theron, R. H. Westfall
Bothalia | Vol 19, No 1 | a945 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v19i1.945 | © 1989 G. B. Deall, G. K. Theron, R. H. Westfall | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 October 1989 | Published: 18 October 1989

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G. B. Deall, Botanical Research Institute, South Africa
G. K. Theron, Department of Botany, University of Pretoria
R. H. Westfall, Botanical Research Institute., South Africa

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Abstract

The indigenous vegetation of the Eastern Transvaal Escarpment in the Sabie area is classified with the aid of the PHYTOTAB program package. Four ecological-formation classes (efc) based on floristics. physiognomy and climate correspond to four data subsets. Plant communities in each efc are defined by means of 46 differential species-groups distributed amongst forest, thicket, woodland, shrubland and grassland structural types. Environmental correlation is facilitated by means of 21 habitat types.


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Eastern Transvaal Escarpment; floristic classification; phytosociology; PHYTOTAB

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