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Daleen Lötter and David le Maitre Modelling the distribution of Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos tea): implications of climate change for livelihoods dependent on both cultivation and harvesting from the wild Ecology and Evolution 4

Version of Record online: 11 MAR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.985

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Bioclimatic modelling was employed to model A. linearis' (Rooibos tea) distribution and develop possible scenarios of range/suitability shift under future climate conditions. The species exhibited substantial range contraction with some range shifts southeastwards and upslope. As an invaluable wild resource for local people and commercially cultivated plant, these findings are critical to protect wild rooibos populations and sustain commercial production.

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