oa Koedoe : African Protected Area Conservation and Science - Major vegetation types of the Soutpansberg Conservancy and the Blouberg Nature Reserve, South Africa : original research

Volume 50, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0075-6458
  • E-ISSN: 2071-0771



The Major Megetation Types (MVT) and plant communities of the Soutpansberg Centre of Endemism are described in detail, with special reference to the Soutpansberg Conservancy and the Blouberg Nature Reserve. Phytosociological data from 442 sample plots were ordinated using a DEtrended CORrespondence ANAlysis (DECORANA) and classified using TWo-Way INdicator SPecies ANalysis (TWINSPAN). The resulting classification was further refined with table-sorting procedures based on the Braun-Blanquet floristic-sociological approach of vegetation classification using MEGATAB. Eight MVT's were identified and described as var. subsp. Blouberg Northern Plains Bushveld, Blouberg Southern Plains Bushveld, Blouberg Mountain Bushveld, Soutpansberg Arid Northern Bushveld, Soutpansberg Moist Mountain Thickets, Soutpansberg Leached Sandveld, var. subsp. Soutpansberg Mistbelt Vegetation and Soutpansberg Forest Vegetation.

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