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Population biology of Elaeodendron transvaalense Jacq. in the presence of harvesting

Tshisikhawe MP, MW Van Rooyen

Department of Plant Science, University of Pretoria, 0002 Pretoria, South Africa.

* Corresponding Authors:Address Correspondence to: M Peter Tshisikhawe, Department of Botany, University of Venda, Private Bag X5050, Thohoyandou, 0950, South Africa. Tel.: +27 15 9628450; fax: +27 15 9628648, e-mail: ,

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany 2013, 82(all), 303-311.


Elaeodendron transvaalense Jacq. is one of the medicinal plant species commonly used by people in the Venda region. The species is known to treat a variety of diseases. It is widely used and important to traditional healers. Because of this, it found its way into the muthi markets, and it is among the seven most commonly traded plant species in the Venda region. This study investigated the impact of bark harvesting on the population structure of this species. The study revealed that although the level of bark harvesting is high, the species is able to resist that stress since it is a fine-grained species. The population also showed the ability to regenerate as it exhibited an inverse J-shaped curve. The crown health status was generally good although some individuals, contributing 9% of the sample, had dead crowns, which are a cause for concern. A linear relationship was noticed between areas harvested and stem circumference, which is understandable considering the large surface area of harvestable bark on bigger individuals.


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MP, T., Rooyen, M. V. (2013). Population biology of Elaeodendron transvaalense Jacq. in the presence of harvesting. Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, 82(all), 303–311.

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