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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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Related items

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 48 Burt Plain Site: 21-4-7 Stirling Swamp Level of significance: national Location: 21 47' S 133 43' E; Swamplands adjacent to the Hanson River. Area: 41 km2 Map sheet: Barrow Creek SF 53-6 Bioregion: Burt Plain (BRT) Tenure: Pastoral Lease - Stirling Station (95% of site); Freehold - Wilora Community Inc. (<1% of site) and Ankweleyelengkwe Aboriginal Land Trust (3% of site) Description: This site includes Stirling Swamp, an extensive sub-saline, seasonal wetland. Notes: The site supports a diversity of wetland habitats and a wide range of disjunct, rare and threatened plant taxa. In addition, this site is of biogeographic significance with many species reaching the edge of their known continental range. The site is the type location for Eleocharis papillosa. Criteria satisfied: B1 b1 i), A1 a i) Taxa of Australian significance: Eleocharis papillosa {3R}, Goodenia A44284 Subsaline {3K [SE] only known in BRT from this site}, Isotoma luticola {3R only known in BRT from this site} Taxa of NT significance: Eragrostis A51007 Limestone {3k [N]}, Streptoglossa cylindriceps {3kC-} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: Cyperus castaneus {(disjunct) only known in BRT from this site} Taxa of bioregional significance: Atriplex limbata {BRT (northern range limit) [N] only known in BRT from this site}, Atriplex spongiosa {BRT (northern range limit) [N]}, Dysphania glomulifera subsp. eremaea {BRT (northern range limit) [N]}, Ectrosia scabrida {BRT (southern range limit) [S] only known in BRT from this site}, Goodenia cycloptera {BRT (northern range limit) [N]}, Goodenia maideniana {BRT (disjunct and eastern range limit) [E] only known in BRT from this site}, Peplidium muelleri {BRT (apparently rare) only known in BRT from this site}, Sclerolaena johnsonii {BRT (northern range limit) [N]}, Sclerolaena muelleri {BRT (eastern range limit) [E] only known in BRT from this site}, Sclerolaena urceolata {BRT (northern range limit) [N]}, Triglochin hexagonum {BRT (disjunct)} Other taxa only known in BRT bioregion from this site: Cyperus rigidellus, Halosarcia indica subsp. leiostachya, Lawrencia glomerata s.lat., Maireana luehmannii, Sida ammophila, Zygophyllum compressum Type locations of the following were collected from the site: Eleocharis papillosa (1974) Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 65 (2 %): Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall open-shrubland with Eragrostis eriopoda (Woolybutt) open-grassland understorey. Map unit 27 (92 %): Eucalyptus microtheca s. lat. (Coolibah) low open-woodland with open-grassland understorey. Map unit 43 (4 %): Eucalyptus low open-woodland and/or Acacia sparse-shrubland with Triodia spicata (Spike Flower Spinifex), Triodia pungens (Soft Spinifex) hummock grassland understorey.

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