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The climate of eastern Tasmania indicated by its lichen flora

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Wilson, Francis RM (1892) The climate of eastern Tasmania indicated by its lichen flora. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 131-132.

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Abstract

During a visit of five weeks to Tasmania, in February and
March, 1891, while exploring for lichens in the 'neighbourhoods
of Launceston, Mount Arthur, Ulverstone, Hobart,
Mount Wellington, the Huon River, and St. Mary's Pass, I
was struck with the general and unexpected poverty of the
lichen flora, and, on looking about for the cause of this, I
noted the evident frequency of bush fires, which are the most
destructive enemies of lichen growth. This, however, did
not wholly explain the matter, for, even where the plants
might be expected to recover from the action of the fire, their
vitality seemed to be checked by the dryness of the climate.
This was a discovery surprising to a Victorian, who had been
accustomed to consider the climate of Tasmania a humid one.
An examination of meteorological authorities, however,
showed that in the eastern portion of the island the rainfall
is rot only less than it is in the western, but less than it is in
Victoria. In the west and the highlands of Tasmania 75in. of
rain have been registered in one year, and the average of the
whole island is said to be 35in.; but the annual rainfall at
Hobart is only 21-52in.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 131-132
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 00:45
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:48
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