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The impact of suburbanization on remnant coastal vegetation in Hobart, Tasmania
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Changes in vascular species composition and abundance were examined in coastal vegetation at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia over a period of 13 yr, during which suburbanization extended to cover a large proportion of its hinterland. There were significant increases in the richness and cover of exotic vascular plant species, most of which derived from the Mediterranean basin or southern Africa. While most of the introduced species were confined to vegetation with a high exotic component, and close to domestic gardens, some, including the South African coastal shrub, Chrysanthemoides monilifera, expanded in otherwise native vegetation relatively remote from gardens. The impact of proximity to gardens on the relative abundance of exotics and natives in coastal vegetation in 1997 best correlated with the pattern of distance from gardens in 1966, suggesting that there is, at least, a 30-yr lag period in transformation from largely native to substantially exotic vegetation. This lag period provides an opportunity to reduce exotic invasion problems before they become severe.
|Keywords:||Australia; Chrysanthemoides monilifera; Exotic species; Garden; Introduced species; Vegetation change|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Applied Vegetation Science|
|Page Range:||pp. 243-252|
|Date Deposited:||11 Jan 2008 04:44|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 03:26|
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