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Vegetation patterns associated with a large rock plate in the Meehan Range, Tasmania

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Leeson, K and Kirkpatrick, JB (2004) Vegetation patterns associated with a large rock plate in the Meehan Range, Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 138. pp. 47-52. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Rock outcrops provide unusual environmental conditions, often being the habitats of disjunct populations or rare species. A large rock plate on Mt Direction, within the Meehan Range, southeastern Tasmania, supports an open-heath of unusual floristic composition, and contains the only known population of Ozothamnus reflexifolius Leeson & Rozefelds. Four floristic communities occur on and around the plate, forming a sequence from the open-heath on the plate itself to tall woodland with a dense understorey of small trees where rock and bare ground cover are low. Patterns of moisture availability, related to soil depth, aspect, slope and topographic position seem to best explain the floristic, structural and species richness patterns in the area.

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. 47-52
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 18 May 2012 02:18
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:32
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13391
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