publication . Article . 1996

The physical environment and major plant communities of the Karoo National Park, South Africa

Rubin, F.; Anthony Palmer;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1996 Journal: Koedoe, volume 39 (issn: 0075-6458, eissn: 2071-0771, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: AOSIS
Abstract
<jats:p>The major plant communities of the Karoo National Park are described using the methods of the Zurich-Montpellier school of phytosociology, to assist with the formulation of a management strategy for the park. The vegetation physiognomy consists of Montane Karoo grassy shrublands. Karoo grassy dwarf shrublands. Karoo succulent dwarf shrublands and riparian thicket. Steep elevation and precipitation gradients within the study area have a direct impact on gradients in the vegetation. High elevation (1 800 m), and relatively high rainfall (406 mm) montane grasslands occupy communities dominated by grasses (Merxmuellera disticha, Themeda triandra) and woody s...
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free text keywords: Ecology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Thicket, Deserts and xeric shrublands, Shrubland, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Phytosociology, Stipagrostis obtusa, biology.organism_classification, biology, Themeda triandra, Riparian zone, Elytropappus rhinocerotis, phytosociology, semi-arid. Karoo., General. Including nature conservation, geographical distribution, QH1-199.5
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publication . Article . 1996

The physical environment and major plant communities of the Karoo National Park, South Africa

Rubin, F.; Anthony Palmer;