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The vegetation of the Great Northern Plain, northeastern Tasmania

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Kirkpatrick, JB and Wells, JM (1987) The vegetation of the Great Northern Plain, northeastern Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 121. pp. 43-52. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The Great Northern Plain is the last major remnant of the extensive inland heaths found in northeastern Tasmania in the early nineteenth century. A poly the tic divisive classification of the vegetation of the plain and its environs, based on data from 131 quadrats, indicated that variation in structure, dominance and floristics was largely continuous, and that this variation was closely related to topographic position. A transect through the plain and adjacent woodland and forest showed that the position of the watertable in the soil and soil pH were independently strongly related to floristic and structural variation in the vegetation. Herbaceous exotic plant species have invaded parts of the plain, particularly in the areas near tracks. These exotic species do not present as severe a threat to the integrity of the area as Phytophthora cinnamomi, which had invaded to the south but which exhibits no symptoms on the plain itself.

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. 43-52
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 02:22
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:35
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13885
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