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A sketch of the vegetation of the Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, and a census of its plants


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Sutton, CS (1928) A sketch of the vegetation of the Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, and a census of its plants. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 132-159. ISSN 0080-4703

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Excepting some references in articles in the public press, no account of the flora of the Cradle Mountain other than those of Weindorfer and the writer, appear to have been pnblished. As far as one can ascertain, descriptions of the vegetation of the Tasmanian mountains have been, generally speaking, extremely few and incidental, and, with one exception, floristic only. Moreover, no list aiming at completeness of the plants of any individual mountain appears to have yet been made. Meteorologically the Cradle Mountain station would seem to belong to the West Coast district, but it is at present included in that of the Central Plateau. Forest growth, varying in height, density, and composition discontinuously covers most of the slopes and the heads of the streams.The Athrotaxis-Nothofagus Forest, is a closed forest. Eucalyptus-Athrotaxia Forest is a closed and mixed forest. On the steep slope leading from the eastern side of the Crater Lake towards the plateau another type, of low, open forest exists, called Eucalyptus-Nothofagus. Of the 282 species listed for the Cradle Mountain 91 or more than 32 per cent, are unknown on the mainland; 85 of these are strictly confined to the island.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 132-159
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 05:56
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:30
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