Common Veld and Pasture Grasses of Natal

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There can be no doubt that the conservation and proper utilization of our natural grassland areas is of the utmost importance for the sustained productivity of our animal based Agricultural Industry. The sound management of these grasslands requires a knowledge of grasses and their habitat preferences, their usefulness as feed for livestock and their response to various management practices. This handbook is designed to provide some of the information on which such sound management should be based.

There can be no doubt that the conservation and proper utilization of our natural grassland areas is of the utmost importance for the sustained productivity of our animal based Agricultural Industry. The sound management of these grasslands requires a knowledge of grasses and their habitat preferences, their usefulness as feed for livestock and their response to various management practices. This handbook is designed to provide some of the information on which such sound management should be based. It is our hope that it will be a useful aid in familiarising graziers and amateur botanists with the common grass species of Natal and the conditions under which they grow and that this will in turn lead to a better understanding of the management requirements of our different grasslands. Although grasses grow under a tremendously wide range of soil and climatic conditions, some species are specific in their habitat preferences while others occur more generally in our veld. Species with specific habitat preferences usually have a localized distribution and are often good indicators of local conditions; some species are commonly found in vleis and can be used to indicate waterlogged soil conditions while others prefer sandy soils; certain species may be adapted to acid soils or shallow soils while others characteristically colonise bare areas or old lands and may remain there for many years. Information provided by species of this kind may therefore often be helpful in land use planning. The distribution of species with general habitat preferences is usually determined by more widespread environmental factors such as annual rainfall, altitude, temperature and so on and these are useful for the geographical mapping of vegetation, as for example in the mapping of Natal into Veld types of Ecological units.

*Cover shelf rubbed; Page edges slightly yellowed*
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AuthorN. M. Tainton, D. I. Bransby & P. deV. Booysen
PublisherShuter & Shooter
PlacePietermaritzburg
Year1985
ISBN9780869853269
BindingPaperback
ConditionGood
CommentsCover shelf rubbed; Page edges slightly yellowed
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