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Eucalypt Biology

Reid, JB and Potts, BM 1999 , 'Eucalypt Biology', in JB Reid and RS Hill and MJ Brown and MJ Hovenden (eds.), Vegetation of Tasmania , Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra.

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Eucalypts dominate much of the Tasmanian landscape and this striking feature
was emphasised by many early European explorers and settlers (Plate 11). The type
species for the genus is Eucalyptus obliqua which was collected from Adventure Bay
on Bruny Island, Tasmania. and named by Charles L'Heritier in 1788. The genus
occupies habitats from sub-alpine environments to coastal regions, and from the wet
scrubs in the southwest, which have an annual rainfall in excess of 2 500 mm, through
to dry sclerophyll woodlands of the midlands with an annual rainfall of less than 500
mm. The genus is also the basis for most of the forest industries in the State, including
saw-logs, paper, pulp and woodchip exports. The economic significance of eucalypt
management and breeding makes the biology of this genus of particular importance.
This importance will be highlighted as the area of plantation eucalypts increased from
64 000 ha at a rate of 6 500 ha per annum in 1995-96.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Reid, JB and Potts, BM
Publisher: Australian Biological Resources Study
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