Observations on the flora and phytogeography of Rooiberg, a dry fynbos mountain in the Southern Cape Province, South Africa
Taylor, H. C.
Roughly 20 km southeast of Ladismith, Cape Province, lies a west to east trending mountain range divided into roughly equal sections by the Gouritz River. The Rooiberg catchment area comprises a large part of the higher western section of this range at approximately 33° 40'S latitude and 21° 30'E longitude. This fynbos reserve, 25.345 ha in extent, is about 30 km long by some 10 km wide across the middle and consists of State and private lands in roughly equal proportions managed by the Department of Forestry for the conservation of water, flora and wild life in terms of the Mountain Catchment Areas Act of 1970. The lower eastern section of the range, across the Gouritz River, known as the Gamkaberg, is managed by the Department of Nature and Environmental Conservation as a reserve principally to protect the rare Mountain Zebra. This paper deals only with the western section, known as Rooiberg State Forest.