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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 150 Great Sandy Desert Site: 23-2-5 Cleland Hills Level of significance: bioregional Location: 23 46' S 130 42' E; Approximately 100 km north west of Watarrka. Area: 702 km2 Map sheet: Mount Liebig SF 52-16 Bioregion: Great Sandy Desert (GSD) Tenure: Freehold - Haasts Bluff Aboriginal Land Trust (100% of site) Description: This site includes the Cleland Hills, (a low, western outlier of the George Gill Range) and the intervening and surrounding sandplains and dunefields. Much of this range is composed of Mereenie sandstone, a geology strongly correlated with the occurrence of rare plants due its capacity to hold water. Notes: This is an important and currently poorly known region on the western fringe of the Macdonnell Ranges bioregion. The shallow sand plains with porous sandstone bedrock support rare plants and unique and potentially restricted plant communities. Further study of this area is needed. Criteria satisfied: A1 a ii), A1 b ii), B1 b1 ii) Taxa of Australian significance: Sauropus ramosissimus {3KC-}, Teucrium grandiusculum subsp. grandiusculum {3KC- only known in GSD from this site} Taxa of NT significance: Commicarpus australis {3r}, Isolepis australiensis {3kC- only known in GSD from this site}, Lamarchea sulcata {3k}, Laxmannia arida {3r}, Ophioglossum polyphyllum {3rC-}, Poranthera triandra {3rC- only known in GSD from this site}, Rulingia rotundifolia {3r only known in GSD from this site}, Sida A83689 Golden calyces {3kC-}, Stenanthemum A81040 Docker River {3k} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: none Taxa of bioregional significance: Acacia olgana {GSD (disjunct and northern range limit) [N]}, Goodenia larapinta {GSD (western range limit) [W]}, Lomandra leucocephala subsp. robusta {GSD (disjunct)}, Mukia A50961 Glen Helen Station {GSD (southern range limit) [S]} Other taxa only known in GSD bioregion (NT portion) from this site: Acacia chippendalei, Anemocarpa saxatilis, Baeckea polystemonea, Ixiochlamys cuneifolia, Lysiana spathulata, Lysiana spathulata subsp. parvifolia, Pleurosorus subglandulosus, Pluchea dentex, Potamogeton tricarinatus, Trachymene gilleniae {[W]}, Triodia longiceps Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 92 (36 %): Triodia brizoides (Hillside Spinifex) hummock grassland with mixed species low open-woodland overstorey. Map unit 93 (62 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) hummock grassland with Allocasuarina decaisneana (Desert Oak) openwoodland overstorey between dunes. Map unit 81 (1 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) hummock grassland with Acacia tall sparse-shrubland overstorey.