- Hot summers with high rainfall.
- Cold winters with heavy frost.
Type of soil
- Leaching of nutrients commonly occurs during rainy seasons, which causes the soil to be more acidic.
- Temperate Grasslands have soils that are nutrient rich from the growth and decay of deep, many branched grass roots.
- The rotted roots hold the soil together and provides a food source for living plants
- Temperate grasslands have a low diversity of wildlife, but a high abundance of wildlife.
- Large herds of Black Wildebeest, Blesbok and Eland occurred in grassland in the past, but today they only survive in game reserves and game farms.
- An abundant bird life occurs in the area, mainly seed eaters.
- Grasses are the dominant vegetation. Sweet Grasses grow in more fertile soil that is less acidic which is very important food source for animals, and sour grasses grows in less fertile soil which is a very useless food source.
- Trees and large shrubs are largely absent
- Seasonal Drought, occasional fires and grazing by large mammals prevent woody shrubs and trees from established.
- A few trees such as cottonwoods, oaks and willows grow in river valleys, and a few hundred species of flowers grow among grasses.
- The various speciesof grasses include purple needle grass, blue grama , buffalo grass, and galleta.
- Flowers include asters, blazing stars, coneflowers, goldenrods, sunflowers, clover, psoraleas, and wild indigos.
Photos curtacy of Maurits Steenekamp
Threats to Thicket
- Masetlhe K.M
- Tshele O
- Lesedi T.
- Makota T.C