Description, classification and ordination of the dominant vegetation communities, Cathedral Peak, KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg

T.R. Hill
1996 South African Journal of Botany  
A survey of 13 vegetation communities which span the major topograph ic and successional differences in the KwaZulu-Natal Ora kensberg was undertaken. A basic description of species present and their abundance was recorded. Furth ermore, an analysis was performed to demonstrate the effectiveness of classification and ordination to delimit the rep resentativeness of samples within particu lar vegeta tion communities and the relationship between chosen dominant commu nities based on homogeneity
more » ... th rega rd to species composition and abundance. The analysis was performed using two-way indicator species analys is (TWINSPAN) and detrended correspondence analysis (DCA) to describe the distinctiveness or, in the case of the grassland communities , the close association between the various communities. Resu lts are a record of the dominant vegetation co mmunilies within a region displaying a steep altitudinal, and hence environmental, gradient, the homogeneity of samples taken within a community and the distinctiveness and/or si milari ty between these co mmunities.
doi:10.1016/s0254-6299(15)30655-4 fatcat:qoums7bz6zctbf3e32e3bxdmeu