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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 50 Burt Plain Site: 22-4-1 Bush Potato Site Level of significance: national Location: 22 0' S 133 43' E; East of Ti-tree. Area: 164 km2 Map sheet: Alcoota SF 53-10 Bioregion: Burt Plain (BRT) Tenure: Pastoral Lease - Stirling Station (26% of site) and Anningie Station (13% of site); Freehold - Ahakeye Aboriginal Land Trust (59% of site) Description: This site encompasses a small outcrop (Scrub Cairn) of quartz sandstone and the surrounding groves of Acacia aneura on red earth soils. Notes: This site is notable for its groves of mature Acacia aneura which shelter the highly localised and threatened endemic taxon - Ipomoea A83192 Stirling. This taxon has unusually large edible tubers. Ipomoea A83192 Stirling (see also volume one of this report) is threatened by fire which destroys the deep layers of leaf litter required for germination and growth. An additional threat is severe soil erosion, which has been promoted by the poor construction and siting of a road near part of the population. Criteria satisfied: B1 b1 i) Taxa of Australian significance: Ipomoea A83192 Stirling {2V [NSEW] endemic to/only known from this site} Taxa of NT significance: none Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: none Taxa of bioregional significance: none Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 76 (14 %): Triodia pungens (Soft Spinifex), Triodia schinzii (Feathertop Spinifex) hummock grassland with Acacia tall sparse-shrubland overstorey. Map unit 65 (68 %): Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall open-shrubland with Eragrostis eriopoda (Woolybutt) open-grassland understorey. Map unit 71 (17 %): Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall sparse-shrubland with grassland understorey.