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A floristic analysis of forest and thicket vegetation of the Marakele National Park

DOI: 10.4102/koedoe.v49i1.109

Keywords: Afromontane forest , Afrotemperate forest , Classification , National Park , Termitaria , Thicket , TWINSPAN

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One of the major plant communities identified in the Marakele National Park was forest. It became clear that this major forest community contained various forest and thicket communities. Relevés compiled in the forest were classified by TWINSPAN and Braun-Blanquet procedures identified six communities that are hierarchically classified. The forests dominated by Podocarpus latifolius and Widdringtonia nodiflora represent Afromontane Forests, whereas the Buxus macowanii-dominated dry forests and Olea europaea subsp. africana represent Northern Highveld Forests. A further group of communities represent thickets on termitaria with floristic affinities to both savanna and forest. The floristic composition and relationships of the forest and thicket communities are discussed.

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