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A sketch of the vegetation of the Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, and a census of its plants


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Sutton, CS (1928) A sketch of the vegetation of the Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, and a census of its plants. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 132-159. ISSN 0080-4703

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Excepting some references in articles in the public press, no account of the flora of the Cradle Mountain other
than those of Weindorfer and the writer, appear to have
been pnblished. As far as one can ascertain, descriptions of
the vegetation of the Tasmanian mountains have been,
generally speaking, extremely few and incidental, and, with
one exception, floristic only. Moreover, no list aiming at
completeness of the plants of any individual mountain
appears to have yet been made.
Meteorologically the Cradle Mountain station would seem
to belong to the West Coast district, but it is at present
included in that of the Central Plateau.
Forest growth, varying in height, density, and composition
discontinuously covers most of the slopes and the heads
of the streams.The Athrotaxis-Nothofagus Forest, is a closed forest.
Eucalyptus-Athrotaxia Forest is a closed and mixed forest.
On the steep slope leading from the eastern side of the Crater Lake towards the plateau another type, of low, open forest exists, called Eucalyptus-Nothofagus.
Of the 282 species listed for the Cradle Mountain 91
or more than 32 per cent, are unknown on the mainland; 85 of
these are strictly confined to the island.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Sutton, CS
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. 132-159
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 05:56
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:30
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