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Huntley, B.J. 1982. Southern African Savannas. In: Ecology of Tropical Savannas - Ecological Studies, 42: 101-119


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Southern African Savannas.

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In recent years the term “savanna” has become synonymous with African plainslands - grasslands studded with flat-crowned acacias and carrying a profusion of wild ungulates. In this chapter the term will be used in a wider context, to include all ecosystems in which C4 grasses potentially dominate the herbaceous stratum and where woody plants, usually fire-tolerant, vary in density from widely scattered individuals to a closed woodland broken now and again by drainage-line grasslands. Rainfall occurs in the warmer, summer months with a dry period of between two to eight months duration during which fire is a typical phenomenon at intervals varying from one to fifty years.

Year: 1982

Type: Book, Book Section, Booklet

URL: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-642-68786-0_6


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