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Terrestrial vegetation and environments on Heard Island

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Bergstrom, DM and Selkirk, PM 2000 , 'Terrestrial vegetation and environments on Heard Island' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 133, no. 2 , pp. 33-46 , doi: 10.26749/rstpp.133.2.33.

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Abstract

Significantly ice-covered and with a very small flora (11 vascular species and about 60 bryophyte taxa), Heard Island is still emerging from the effects of the last glacial maximum. This study presents the results of a general vegetation survey. A baseline framework of environmental conditions that affect vegetation on the island is described and a classification (TWINSPAN) analysis based on presence/absence data of both vascular plant species and bryophyte taxa is provided. Distinct suites of taxa were identified on the island, some containing bryophytes only. Fifteen ecological groups were delineated. A discussion of ecological amplitude of import ant bryophyte and vascular plant taxa on Heard Island is included.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bergstrom, DM and Selkirk, PM
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
ISSN: 0080-4703
DOI / ID Number: 10.26749/rstpp.133.2.33
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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