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The distribution, ecology and management of two rare Tasmanian sedges - Schoenus absconditus Kuk. and Carex tasmanica Kuk

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Gilfedder, L and Kirkpatrick, JB (1996) The distribution, ecology and management of two rare Tasmanian sedges - Schoenus absconditus Kuk. and Carex tasmanica Kuk. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 130 (1). pp. 31-40. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The sedges, Carex tasmanica and Schoenus absconditus, were considered to be threatened species at the national level. They are species of
grassland and grassy woodland in the driest parts of Tasmania, C. tasmanicabeing associated with drainafe lines, and S. absconditus
characteristically occurring in Themeda triandra grassland, in situations where there is a large amount of intertussock space. Both species proved
much more common than previously thought, and both species have been downlisted. They are both well-adapted to mechanical
disturbance and sheep grazing. C. tasmanica is also herbicide resistant. However, mowing and cattle grazing deleteriously affect
C. tasmanica. S. absconditus can no longer be regarded as a rare or threatened species. However, C. tasmanica has disappeared from two
localities out of 30 in the past four years and has no substantial populations in any secure reserve. Secure reservation is needed for this
vulnerable species.

Item Type: Article
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. 31-40
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 04:10
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:06
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