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Plant species and sites of botanical significance in the southern bioregions of the Northern Territory



Plant species and sites of botanical significance in the southern bioregions of the Northern Territory

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Matthew White ... [et al.]


White, Matthew; Albrecht, David; Duguid, Angus W.; Latz, Peter; Hamilton, Mary


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This report provides a benchmark for the conservation status of botanical values in the southern, predominantly arid part of the Northern Territory. It will have many and varied uses, providing information about conservation values to land holders and managers as well as government departments and conservation groups.

Table of contents

Volume 1 : Significant vascular plants -- Volume 2 : Significant sites




Plants -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs Region; Northern Territory -- Alice Springs Region

Publisher name

Arid Lands Environment Centre

Place of publication

Alice Springs (N.T.)


2 v. : maps ; 30 cm.

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0724527842 (v. 1); 0724527850 (v. 2)

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/601264; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/601266; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/601268

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Volume 2, Part 2, page 144 Great Sandy Desert Site: 22-2-1 Lake Bennett Level of significance: bioregional Location: 22 51' S 131 10' E; ca. 95 km south west of Yuendumu. Area: 539 km2 Map sheet: Mount Doreen SF 52-12 Bioregion: Great Sandy Desert (GSD) Tenure: Crown Freehold (Central Mount Wedge) - (7% of site); Pastoral Lease - Newhaven Station (77% of site); Freehold - Yunkanjini Aboriginal Land Trust (14% of site) Description: This site is delineated by an east west system of saline and sub-saline lakes and pans and the intervening travertine plains, sandplains and minor dunefields. The largest of the lakes is Lake Bennett. Criteria satisfied: A1 a ii), A1 b ii), B1 b1 ii) Taxa of Australian significance: Daviesia eremaea {3K}, Goodenia anfracta {3KC- [N] only known in GSD from this site} Taxa of NT significance: Halosarcia indica subsp. bidens {3k only known in GSD from this site}, Heliotropium diversifolium {3k}, Lawrencia squamata {3k}, Paractaenum novae-hollandiae subsp. reversum {3kC-}, Swainsona cyclocarpa {3k}, Trianthema turgidifolia {3k} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: Sporobolus virginicus {(disjunct)} Taxa of bioregional significance: Dicrastylis lewellinii {GSD (western range limit) [W]}, Goodenia maideniana {GSD (disjunct)}, Swainsona tanamiensis {GSD (disjunct and southern range limit) [S]} Other taxa only known in GSD bioregion (NT portion) from this site: Rhagodia spinescens Type locations of the following were collected from the site: Triodia salina (1972) Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 111 (23 %): Halosarcia (Samphire) low open-shrubland fringing bare salt pans. Map unit 78 (1 %): Triodia spicata (Spike-flowered Spinifex) hummock grassland with Grevillea wickhamii (Holly Grevillea), Acacia sparse-shrubland overstorey. Map unit 71 (1 < %): Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall sparse-shrubland with grassland understorey. Map unit 72 (5 %): Acacia kempeana (Witchetty Bush) sparse-shrubland to tall sparse-shrubland with grassland understorey. Map unit 93 (1 < %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) hummock grassland with Allocasuarina decaisneana (Desert Oak) openwoodland overstorey between dunes. Map unit 112 (27 %): Bare salt pan. Map unit 81 (41 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) hummock grassland with Acacia tall sparse-shrubland overstorey.