Research note

Root Systems of Some Southern Cape Indigenous Forest Trees

Published in: South African Forestry Journal
Volume 163, issue 1, 1992 , pages: 21–25
DOI: 10.1080/00382167.1992.9629363
Author(s): H. KotzeDivision of Forest Science and Technology Saasveld Forestry Research Centre, South Africa, C.J. GeldenhuysDivision of Forest Science and Technology Saasveld Forestry Research Centre, South Africa

Abstract

Root system form of forest trees were investigated and classified in the southern Cape indigenous forests. Windfalls of some of the dominant canopy species were inspected. Root systems were opened up by mechanical excavations. Tree species displayed the following general characteristics: a typical bimorphic root system consisting of a superficial plateroot system and a secondary feature such as a sinker root system; long horizontal roots extending further than the central root plate; and a thick feeder root mat In the orthic A horizon.

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