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Numerical analysis of Tasmanian higher plant endemism

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Kirkpatrick, JB and Brown, MJ (1984) Numerical analysis of Tasmanian higher plant endemism. Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society of London, 88. pp. 165-183. ISSN 0024-4074

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Abstract

Tasmanian endemic plant taxa at the species level or below were placed in geographic elements according to the distribution of their genera. These elements are associated with different environments, the endemic and Antarctic elements being most prominent in rainforest and alpine communities; the cosmopolitan element in alpine communities, and the Australian element in the fire-prone lowland communities. The proportions of endemic species in local Tasmanian floras were almost totally explained by altitude and precipitation in a stepwise multiple regression analysis. However, it is possible that many of the endemic species have not been able to occupy their potential range in Tasmania as a result of insufficient time having elapsed for them to fully expand from glacial refugia.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Australia ; Tasmania ; Pteridophyta ; Spermatophyta ; Numerical analysis ; vascular plants; community composition; phytogeography
Journal or Publication Title: Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society of London
Page Range: pp. 165-183
ISSN: 0024-4074
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:21
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/1833
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