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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 192 MacDonnell Ranges Site: 24-3-1 Waterhouse Range Level of significance: national Location: 24 1' S 133 26' E; South Eastern Macdonnell Ranges Area: 320 km2 Map sheet: Henbury SG 53-1, Rodinga SG 53-2, Alice Springs SF 53-14, Hermannsburg SF 53-13 Bioregion: MacDonnell Ranges (MAC) Tenure: Pastoral Lease - Owen Springs Station (99% of site); Freehold - Uruna Aboriginal Land Trust (<1% of site) Description: The site encompasses the entire Waterhouse Range including Lawrence Gorge (which is the passage of the Hugh River through the Ranges) and run-on areas below the sandstone escarpments. The Range is composed of various sandstone geologies including the porous Mereenie Sandstone, which is consistently correlated with the presence of rare and threatened plant taxa. Notes: The spread of Melia azederach (White Cedar) within Lawrence Gorge presents a potential threat to botanical values at this site. The invasion of this species at this location requires immediate investigation. The site contains the type locality of Austrostipa aquarii. Criteria satisfied: B1 b1 i) Taxa of Australian significance: Austrostipa aquarii {3RC-}, Cratystylis A36062 Glen Helen {3RC-}, Eucalyptus lucens {3RC- [E]}, Lomandra patens {3RCa}, Sauropus ramosissimus {3KC-}, Stenanthemum A83203 Palm Valley {3RC- [NE]} Taxa of NT significance: Amyema miraculosa subsp. boormanii {3k}, Bulbostylis pyriformis {3rC-}, Olearia xerophila {3r}, Ophioglossum lusitanicum {3rC-}, Sida A90797 Rainbow Valley {3kC-} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: none Taxa of bioregional significance: Atriplex velutinella {MAC (apparently rare)} Other taxa only known in MAC bioregion from this site: Corymbia chippendalei {[E]} Type locations of the following were collected from the site: Austrostipa aquarii Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 65 (17 %): Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall open-shrubland with Eragrostis eriopoda (Woolybutt) open-grassland understorey. Map unit 83 (23 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) or Triodia pungens (Soft Spinifex) hummock grassland with Eucalyptus gamophylla (Blue Mallee), Acacia tall sparse-shrubland overstorey. Map unit 72 (1 < %): Acacia kempeana (Witchetty Bush) sparse-shrubland to tall sparse-shrubland with grassland understorey. Map unit 92 (58 %): Triodia brizoides (Hillside Spinifex) hummock grassland with mixed species low open-woodland overstorey.

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