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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Swanepoel, Barbara Anna
Email ansies@tuks.co.za
URN etd-09142007-143511
Document Title Vegetation ecology of Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa
Degree MSc (Botany)
Department Botany
Advisor Name Title
Dr P J du Preez
Prof G J Bredenkamp
  • Bronkhorstspruit
  • South Africa
  • grass ecology
  • plant ecology
  • plant communities
Date 2007-04-20
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A vegetation survey, based on plant communities, was conducted on the Ezemvelo Nature Reserve. The aim of the study was to identify, describe and classify plant communities of Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, and interpret them ecologically. The information derived from this study can then be used in the management of the Reserve. The floristic composition and habitat information were recorded in 210 sample plots. The data was captured in the TURBOVEG database and classified using the TWINSPAN numerical classification algorithm. The resulting phytosociological tables were compiled and organised using the MEGATAB computerised table management programme according to Braun-Blaunquet procedures. The data was also subjected to a Detrended Correspondence Analysis (DECORANA), processed by the PCOrd numerical ordination programme, to confirm the results of the classification. The ordination also illustrates any environmental gradients controlling the existence and distribution patterns of the different plant communities. Twenty-two major plant communities and 4 sub-communities were identified, described, and ecologically interpreted. The localities of the plant communities are indicated on map, compiled by using GIS. The plant communities on the Reserve are distributed in a mosaic of woodlands, grasslands and wetlands, based on the heterogeneous habitats created by the variations in topography, which is typical of Bankenveld vegetation.

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