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Regeneration of Athrotaxis selaginoides and other rainforest tree species on landslide faces in Tasmania

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Cullen, PJ (1991) Regeneration of Athrotaxis selaginoides and other rainforest tree species on landslide faces in Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, Aspect. pp. 191-200. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Seedling surveys indicated that landslide faces provide opportunities for Athrotaxis selaginoides and Nothofagus cunninghamii to regenerate in thamnic and high altitude callidendrous rainforest. The spatial distribution of mature A.selaginoides stems at some sites suggests that they have originated on past landslides. Leptospermum scoparium and Eucalyptus vernicosa seedlings were also present at some of the sites investigated. Therefore, landslides may provide regeneration opportunities for these species in rainforest communities in the absence of fire. The physical attributes of A. selaginoides suggest that the species would be advantaged by canopy disturbance of the scale caused by landslides as opposed to smaller treefall gaps. The cooler climate, higher levels of slope instability, avalanches and snowstorms during the last glacial would have been well suited to this species.

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. 191-200
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: This Symposium is a tribute to the botanical work of Dr. Winifred M. Curtis AM, work largely concerned with Tasmanian plants. Scientific and public knowledge of the Tasmania flora has been greatly enhanced by her contributions. Edited by M.R. Banks, S.J. Smith, A.E. Orchard and G. Kantvilas. – Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 04:29
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:39
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/14678
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