Journal of
Ecology and The Natural Environment

  • Abbreviation: J. Ecol. Nat. Environ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9847
  • DOI: 10.5897/JENE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 355

Full Length Research Paper

An inventory of plant species found in gravel borrow pit around Gaborone, Botswana

Israel A. Legwaila*
  • Israel A. Legwaila*
  • Botswana College of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science and Production, Private Bag 0027, Gaborone, Botswana.
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Gaone T. Thebe
  • Gaone T. Thebe
  • Botswana College of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science and Production, Private Bag 0027, Gaborone, Botswana.
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Tebogo Selebatso
  • Tebogo Selebatso
  • Botswana College of Agriculture, Department of Crop Science and Production, Private Bag 0027, Gaborone, Botswana.
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  •  Received: 27 August 2015
  •  Accepted: 28 September 2015
  •  Published: 30 November 2015

Abstract

This study sought to establish an inventory of plant species established at three gravel borrow pits around Gaborone, Botswana. At each, plant data were collected from randomly selected 10 x 10 m quadrats within and up to 30 m away from the borrow pits. Species of Acacia were the most numerous in the pits, while more non-woody than woody species were established within the pits. Most woody species within the pits were not found around the pits, and most of the non-woody species within the pits were found around them, with the exception of the Tlokweng pit.
 
Key words: Re-vegetation, reclamation, pioneer species, seed bank, borrow pit, Acacia.