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Authors Mucina, L; Janssen, JAM; O'Callaghan, M
Author Full Name Mucina, L; Janssen, JAM; O'Callaghan, M
Title Syntaxonomy and zonation patterns in coastal salt marshes of the Uilkraals estuary, Western Cape (South Africa)
Source PHYTOCOENOLOGIA
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Capensis; coastal vegetation; estuarine vegetation; Limonium; phytosociology; Salicornia; salt marshes; syntaxonomy; vegetation science; Western Cape Province
Keywords Plus PLANT-COMMUNITIES; VEGETATION; CLASSIFICATION; ECOLOGY; LAGOON; AREA
Abstract Vegetation on salt marshes of the Ullkraals Estuary (near Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa) is described and classified into 11 associations and/or rank-less plant communities (further subdivided into a number of sub-units). These communities were grouped into 6 high-rank syntaxa (alliances and community groups of preliminary syntaxonomic status). The Salicornion meyerianae, Sarcocornion decumbentis, Spergulario mediae-Puccinellion angustae, Samolo porosi-juncion kraussii and Crassulo glomeratae-Sarcocornion capensis were described as new alliances. The dominating species in this estuarine system comprise Salicornia meyeriana, Sarcocornia perennis agg., S. capensis, S. decumbens, Bassia diffusa, Limonium sp. nova, Juncus kraussii subsp. kraussii, Sporobolus virginicus, Triglochin bulbosa etc. Zonation patterns in the salt marsh are characterised and compared to analogous vegetation in Europe and some Southern Hemisphere regions. This paper lays a foundation stone for the definition of a formal syntaxonomic system of South African salt marshes.
Author Address Univ Free State, Dept Plant Sci, ZA-9866 Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa; Univ Stellenbosch, Dept Bot, ZA-7602 Stellenbosch, South Africa; Natl Bot Inst, Kirstenbosch Res Ctr, ZA-7735 Claremont, South Africa
Reprint Address Mucina, L (corresponding author), Univ Free State, Dept Plant Sci, Qwa Qwa Campus,Private Bag X13, ZA-9866 Phuthaditjhaba, South Africa.
ResearcherID Number Mucina, Ladislav/M-8875-2019; Mucina, Ladislav/A-6275-2019; Mucina, Laco/H-5490-2014; Mucina, Ladislav/B-6278-2012
ORCID Number Mucina, Ladislav/0000-0003-0317-8886; Mucina, Ladislav/0000-0003-0317-8886; Mucina, Laco/0000-0003-0317-8886; Mucina, Ladislav/0000-0003-0317-8886
Times Cited 4
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 5
Publisher GEBRUDER BORNTRAEGER
Publisher City STUTTGART
Publisher Address JOHANNESSTR 3A, D-70176 STUTTGART, GERMANY
ISSN 0340-269X
29-Character Source Abbreviation PHYTOCOENOLOGIA
ISO Source Abbreviation Phytocoenologia
Publication Date JUN 10
Year Published 2003
Volume 33
Issue 2-3
Beginning Page 309
Ending Page 334
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1127/0340-269X/2003/0033-0309
Page Count 26
Web of Science Category Plant Sciences; Ecology
Subject Category Plant Sciences; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Document Delivery Number 690RG
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000183562300010
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