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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.

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Volume 1 : Significant vascular plants -- Volume 2 : Significant sites




Plants -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs Region; Northern Territory -- Alice Springs Region

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Arid Lands Environment Centre

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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 194 MacDonnell Ranges Site: 24-3-5 Palm Valley Level of significance: national Location: 24 6' S 132 37' E; Southern Macdonnell Ranges Area: 1575 km2 Map sheets: Henbury SG 53-1 & Hermannsburg SF 53-13 Bioregion: MacDonnell Ranges (MAC) Tenure: Finke Gorge National Park (27% of site); Pastoral Lease - Henbury Station (8% of site), Freehold - Aboriginal Land Trusts, Ntaria (32% of site), Ltalaltuma (20% of site), Urrampinyi Iltjiltjarri (3%), Haasts Bluff (3%), Roulpmaulpma (2%) and Uruna (<1%) Description: Includes the entire Krichauff Range, a large proportion of the James Range and the intervening plains and valleys including that of the Finke River and Palm Creek. Apart from the quaternary aeolian and alluvial deposits in the valleys and plains, the site is composed of porous Devonian sediments principally Hermannsburg and Mereenie sandstones. Notes: Along with Watarrka (see site 24-2-1) and Chewings Range (23-3-5) this site is undoubtedly one of the most important sites for the conservation of rare and threatened plants in the study area and Central Australia. Almost 600 plant taxa have been recorded for Palm Valley National Park alone (B. Pitts unpublished data). The site incorporates the type locations for Triodia longiceps, Enneapogon eremophilus, Stenanthemum A83203 Palm Valley, Halosarcia halocnemoides subsp. longispicata, Plectranthus intraterraneus, Pimelea interioris, Lysiana spathulata subsp. parvifolia, Dodonaea viscosa subsp. mucronata, Dicrastylis gilesii var. laxa, and Livistona mariae. The site supports four endemic plant taxa (Livistonia mariae subsp. mariae, Indigofera A83977 Areyonga, Pimelea interioris and Acacia A86979 Krichauff Range) and numerous disjunct and significant plant taxa. Specific areas of this site have high concentrations of significant species. Little Palm Creek is particularly notable for high species richness and concentrations of significant taxa. Large areas of the site are still poorly known. Criteria satisfied: A1 a i), A1 b i), B1 b2 i), A1 d1 i), A1 c i), A2 e i), A3 c i), C1 B i), B1 b2 i), B1 b1 i) Taxa of Australian significance: Acacia A86979 Krichauff Range {2K [NSEW] endemic to/only known from this site}, Austrostipa aquarii {3RC- [S]}, Callistemon pauciflorus {3RC-}, Eucalyptus lucens {3RC- [W]}, Euphorbia sarcostemmoides {3KCa}, Hakea grammatophylla {3RC-}, Harnieria kempeana subsp. kempeana {3RC-}, Hibbertia A86497 Chewings Range {3RC- [SW]}, Indigofera A83977 Areyonga {2K endemic to/only known from this site}, Livistona mariae subsp. mariae {2VCa [NSEW] endemic to/only known from this site}, Lomandra patens {3RCa}, Macrozamia macdonnellii {3VCa}, Minuria tridens {3VCi}, Pimelea interioris {2RC- [NSEW] endemic to/only known from this site}, Samolus eremaeus {3KC-}, Stenanthemum A83203 Palm Valley {3RC- [NS]}, Teucrium grandiusculum subsp. grandiusculum {3KC-}, Thryptomene wittweri {3VC- [E] only known in NT from this site} Taxa of NT significance: Arabidella trisecta {3kC-}, Bolboschoenus caldwellii {3vC- only known in MAC from this site}, Calotis cymbacantha {3kC- [N]}, Calotis kempei {3k}, Centipeda A92472 Toko Range {3kC-}, Corynotheca licrota {3rC- [N]}, Elacholoma hornii {3rC-}, Eremophila ovata {3k [E]}, Hibbertia glaberrima {3rCa}, Juncus kraussii subsp. australiensis {3rC}, Monotaxis luteiflora {3r}, Murchisonia volubilis {3r}, Najas marina {3rC-}, Olearia xerophila {3r}, Paractaenum novaehollandiae subsp. reversum {3kC-}, Parietaria cardiostegia {3r}, Pimelea microcephala subsp. microcephala {3r}, Potamogeton crispus {3rC-}, Sauropus rigens {3rC-}, Sauropus thesioides {3k only known in NT from this site}, Sida A90797 Rainbow Valley {3kC-}, Spartothamnella puberula {3rC-}, Spergularia A43234 Andado {3r only known in MAC from this site}, Swainsona acuticarinata {3kC- only known in MAC from this site}, Swainsona colutoides {3rC-}, Verbena macrostachya {3k} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: Eleocharis geniculata {(threatened) only known in study area from this site}, Fimbristylis sieberana {(disjunct)}, Imperata cylindrica {(disjunct & apparently rare)}, Ottelia ovalifolia {(disjunct)}, Phragmites australis {(disjunct & apparently rare)} Taxa of bioregional significance: Acacia minutifolia {MAC (disjunct and eastern range limit) [E]}, Alectryon oleifolius subsp. elongatus {MAC (disjunct )}, Aristida latzii {MAC (southern and western range limits) [SW]}, Atriplex velutinella {MAC (apparently rare)}, Cheilanthes brownii {MAC (disjunct)}, Convolvulus remotus {MAC (disjunct)}, Cyperus bifax {MAC (disjunct)}, Cyperus exaltatus {MAC (disjunct)}, Enneapogon eremophilus {MAC (southern range limit) [S]}, Eucalyptus orbifolia subsp. orbifolia {MAC (disjunct)}, Gomphrena cunninghamii {MAC (disjunct) [S]}, Josephinia eugeniae s.lat. {MAC (disjunct)}, Melaleuca trichostachya {MAC (disjunct and western range limit) [W]}, Persicaria lapathifolia {MAC (disjunct)}, Polycarpaea involucrata {MAC (disjunct )}, Triglochin hexagonum {MAC (disjunct) only known in MAC from this site} Other taxa only known in MAC bioregion from this site: Aristida pruinosa, Canthium attenuatum Type locations of the following were collected from the site: Acacia minutifolia (1880s), Dodonaea viscosa subsp. mucronata (1955), Enneapogon eremophilus (1973), Eucalyptus sessilis, Halosarcia halocnemoides subsp. longispicata (1967), Livistona mariae (1870s), Lomandra patens (1958), Lysiana spathulata subsp. parvifolia (1961), Menkea sphaerocarpa (1870s), Pimelea interioris (1956), Plectranthus intraterraneus, Stenanthemum A83203 Palm Valley (1971), Triodia longiceps Botanically Significant Waterholes at the site: Gas well spring, Illbilla springs, Palm Valley springs, Running Waters Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 87 (22 %): Triodia (Spinifex) open-hummock grassland with Acacia aneura tall sparse-shrubland overstorey.