Scientific Paper

Floristic and Structural Composition of Hanglip Forest in the Soutpansberg, Northern Transvaal

Published in: South African Forestry Journal
Volume 165, issue 1, 1993, pages: 9–20
DOI: 10.1080/00382167.1993.9629384
Author(s): C.J. GeldenhuysDivision of Forest Science and Technology,, B. MurrayNorthern Transvaal Forest Region,

Abstract

The closed, evergreen forest of 363 ha was sampled by means of 62 circular plots of 0,04 ha, distributed in a grid pattern. TWINSPAN classification separated the forest into regrowth forest with two forest types, and mature forest with four forest types. The types differ from each other in terms of floristics, overall size of the trees and regeneration, stand density and basal area, and diameter class distribution of selected species. The types reflect both site conditions and recovery from (or absence of) disturbance. The regrowth forest of the lower, eastern portion have probably recovered from earlier settlements of the Venda tribe who practised iron ore smelting and agriculture towards the end of the 19th century. A species list is appended.

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