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Observations on drought damage to some native plant species in eucalypt forests and woodlands near Hobart, Tasmania

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Kirkpatrick, JB and Marks, F (1985) Observations on drought damage to some native plant species in eucalypt forests and woodlands near Hobart, Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 119. pp. 15-21. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

A large number of shrub and tree species suffered damage in the Ridgeway and University Reserves near Hobart, Tasmania during a prolonged drought. Damage was largely confined to shallow soils and gully margins on dolerite, there being little or no damage on equivalent sites on sedimentary substrata. Intraspecific damage was inversely related to the heights of individuals for particular sites. Relative drought resistance is presented diagrammatically for 24 small shrub species and 17 tall shrub and tree species. Drought damage does not directly limit the distribution of most species observed in this study, although the patterns of relative drought resistance accord well with species distribution in respect to available water.

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. 15-21
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 24 May 2012 04:31
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:35
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13923
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