The aim of this project is to collect representative photographs of vegetation types listed in the VEGMAP project classification system (the latest map and list of types can be found at

Instructions here:


The Vegetation Type data are stored by Biome. To view species observations in any Biome type, select one of the following fields

Within each biome you can select any veld type to view observations just for this veld type.

To view Vegetation Types in Observation format (for Maps, Thumbnail Views and Lists, you will need to add the field and project to the url of the observation like so:
project: &project_id=vegmaphoto-s-afr
field: &field:SA%20Veg:%20Fynbos%20Types=Swellendam%20Silcrete%20Fynbos%20FFc%201

To view species observations tagged with the veld type, leave out the project:


Guidelines for submissions:

  1. Landscape photographs that represent the characteristics of vegetation described in the vegetation type (i.e communities of plants that define the vegetation type) are preferred.
  2. A photograph of a dominant species within the type is needed for compatibility with iNat. But focus on the habitat rather than the species.

How it Works:
1, Load the observation. Include all the information you want under the description. Note that the observation will be "filed" under its dominant species in the second picture. Observations without a dominant species will cause issues, so please always include it.

  1. Add this project
  2. Select a single veld type from the appropriate Biome - only one - leave all the other Biomes blank. You must load one (and only one) type. (if you accidentally add extras, you can delete them later: on the observation click on the field name to open menu)
  3. ADD save the vegetation type
    5.Record the Community. Vegetation types contain many communities. (many even contain communities typical of other biomes!!!). Please record the community: typically this states two of the dominant or typical species (must include one or two grasses in grassveld), and some other community feature. If there is a published community name, then please use that. Vegetation communities are typically done through Braun-Blanquet type surveys, but can also be done via a number of other surveys, but all emphasize the component species rather than some other facet (such as catena or landscape facet or habitat).This is a required field. Use "Unknown" if you dont know. ADD

  4. Veld condition. Please record. This can be from transformed, trashed, through to degraded, and even overprotected. "Natural" is typically one of degraded, well utilized or overprotected, depending on the grazing and fire regimes. This is a required field. Select Unknown if you forgot to assess or if you dont know. ADD.
  5. and then ADD (save) the project

Note: the location is the location of the photograph - not some other place (such as a centroid or 'type" locality). Similarly the species are those in the photograph at the site photographed, not some wish list, copied off a billboard or a makeshift community.


To see the vegetation communities:
To see the Biomes:
To see the Vegetatype type conditions:

Posted on 21 May, 2018 09:05 by tonyrebelo tonyrebelo


Bookmark the views you want to regularly look at.

Posted by tonyrebelo about 6 years ago

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