A literature survey of autecological studies on southern African grass species was undertaken. Results revealed that there is a comparative lack of autecological versus community studies. Where autecological studies have been conducted, most of the attention was focused on 'pasture' or 'desirable' species with 'undesirable' or 'unpalatable' species receiving very little consideration. A lack of information on the demography, population dynamics and competitive abilities of southern African grasses was also identified. A table summarizing these studies is presented.
Keywords: autecology; competitive ability; demography; grasses; literature; literature survey; pasture; population dynamics; reference list; southern africa