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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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Site: 23-4-7 Amarata Range Level of significance: national Location: 23 30' S 134 55' E; ca 120 km east of Alice Springs. Area: 144 km2 Map sheets: Alice Springs SF 53-14 & Illogwa Creek SF 53-15 Bioregion: MacDonnell Ranges (MAC) Tenure: Pastoral Lease - Ambalindum Station (14% of site) and Loves Creek Station (78% of site); Ruby Gap Nature Reserve (7% of site) Description: This site is bounded by the Amarata and Atnarpa Ranges and the Hale River. The ranges rise 200 m or more above the surrounding uplands and are composed of Heavitree Quartzite, a particularly erosion resistant geology. The surrounding geology is predominantly fine grained granite and diorite between the two ranges and gneiss to the east of the Amarata Range. Notes: The known botanical values of the site are concentrated on the quartzite ranges. At several places on the southern quartzite ridge the topographic and geomorphological features have afforded some protection from fire, and consequently they support interesting and restricted 'fire sensitive' plant communities. In addition the site has rocky quartzite hills where spinifex (Triodia spp) is not dominant in the understorey. This is an uncommon phenomenon in the eastern Macdonnell Ranges. Criteria satisfied: A1 a ii), A1 b ii), B1 b2 ii), B1 b1 ii) Taxa of Australian significance: Austrostipa centralis {3RC-}, Hakea grammatophylla {3RC- [E]}, Sedopsis filsonii {3RC- [E]}, Sida A88135 Hale River {3K [W]} Taxa of NT significance: Eucalyptus thozetiana {3rC-}, Hibiscus sturtii var. sturtii {3rC-}, Spartothamnella puberula {3rC-} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: none Taxa of bioregional significance: Austrostipa scabra subsp. scabra {MAC (disjunct)} Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 68 (100 %): Acacia kempeana (Witchetty Bush) Acacia tall open-shrubland with Senna, Eremophila (Fuchsia) openshrubland understorey. %U %U %U 23-4-7 Atnarpa Mount Coghlan 23-4-5 23-4-5 N AMG Zone53 2330' 2330' 13500' 13500' 480000 480000 490000 490000 500000 500000 7390000 7390000 7400000 7400000 7410000 7410000 Volume 2 , Part 2, page 188 MacDonnell Ranges