Floristic and dynamics of Sand Forest, a subtropical dry forest type in South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Midgley, Jeremy J en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Kirkwood, Donovan en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-29T07:28:15Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-29T07:28:15Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kirkwood, D. 2002. Floristic and dynamics of Sand Forest, a subtropical dry forest type in South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/7723
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Unlike most dry forests, Sand Forest has been largely untransformed by human activity until very recently, and provides a rare opportunity to investigate the dynamics of old-growth dry forests. Twinspan classification and DCA ordination (Detrended Correspondence Analysis, an indirect gradient analysis) of a wide range of forest samples in north-eastern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, indicated that Tropical Dry Forest species composition differs substantially from all other forests, and further, that Sand Forest samples, which occur on inland dune sands of Pleistocene origin, form a cohesive group with a characteristic set of species, including Cleistanthus schlechteri, Hymenocardia ulmoides, Psydrax obovata, Cotron pseudapulchellus and Drypetes arguta. The very high dominance of two canopy species, C. schlechteri and Newtonia hildebrandtii, at the majority of sites, implies that ecological functioning is similar across the geographical range in north-eastern Kwazulu-Natal. However, turnover of subdominant species between two recognisable Sand Forest subtypes (Western and Eastern Sand Forest) emphasises the need to conserve the full range of extant forest. Further sampling for this thesis was generally replicated in at least two sites representing the range of Sand Forest structure and composition. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Botany en_ZA
dc.title Floristic and dynamics of Sand Forest, a subtropical dry forest type in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Biological Sciences en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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