The phytosociology and synecology of Tasmanian vegetation with Callitris

Harris, S and Kirkpatrick, JB ORCID: 0000-0003-2763-2692 1991 , 'The phytosociology and synecology of Tasmanian vegetation with Callitris' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 124, no. 2 , pp. 179-189 , doi: https://doi.org/10.26749/rstpp.124.2.179.

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Eleven discernible floristic plant communities were identified in vegetatlon containing Callitris in Tasmania. C.rhomboidea and C. oblonga largely segregate into two sets of communities. These sets occupy distinctly different parts of the environmental range of Callitris in Tasmania. Callitris co-occurs with at least 14% of the Tasmanian native higher plant flora in rainforest, wet eucalypt forest, dry eucalypt forest, grassy woodland, scrub and heath, and is dominant in some quadrats of most communities. The major measured correlates of floristic variation in the data set were temperature and precipitation conditions.
The combination of the wide ecological range demonstrated by the data set and the highly restricted nature of Callitris distribution suggests that the taxon has a range much diminished by shorterm perturbation. Callitris may have been part of an extensive dry rainforest formation in eastern Tasmania before people invaded the area.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Harris, S and Kirkpatrick, JB
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: https://doi.org/10.26749/rstpp.124.2.179
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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This Symposium is a tribute to the botanical work of Dr. Winifred M. Curtis AM, work largely concerned with Tasmanian plants. Scientific and public knowledge of the Tasmania flora has been greatly enhanced by her contributions.
Edited by M.R. Banks, S.J. Smith, A.E. Orchard and G. Kantvilas. – Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania

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