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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 250 Simpson-Strzelecki Dunefields Site: 24-5-2 Arookara Range Level of significance: national Location: 24 19' S 135 10' E; North western margin of the Simpson Desert. Area: 84 km2 Map sheet: Hale River SG 53-3 Bioregion: Simpson-Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD) Tenure: Pastoral Lease - Ringwood Station (80% of site); Freehold - Pmere Nyente Aboriginal Land Trust (19% of site) Description: The site bounds the Arookara Range, an outcrop composed of porous Mereenie Sandstone of Silurian age. The range is oriented NE-SW. To the north and west the range is bounded by the floodout of the Todd River. To the south and east the range abuts the extensive parallel dune systems of the Simpson Desert. Notes: The Arrokara Range supports the only known population of the undescribed Eremophila A90760 Arookara Range. It also has the most easterly record of the 'rare' Harnieria kempeana subsp. kempeana. Like neighbouring low sandstone ranges, Triodia species are absent from the Arookara Range. Criteria satisfied: B1 b1 i) Taxa of Australian significance: Eremophila A90760 Arookara Range {2R [NSE]}, Harnieria kempeana subsp. kempeana {3RC- [E]} Taxa of NT significance: none Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: none Taxa of bioregional significance: Josephinia eugeniae s.lat. {SSD (disjunct)}, Ozothamnus kempei {SSD (southern range limit) [S]} Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 85 (17 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) hummock grassland with Acacia tall sparse shrubland overstorey between dunes and Zygochloa paradoxa (Sandhill Cane Grass) open-hummock grassland on dune crests. Map unit 70 (29 %): Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall sparse-shrubland with Senna, Eremophila (Fuchsia) low sparse-shrubland understorey. Map unit 27 (1 < %): Eucalyptus microtheca s. lat. (Coolibah) low open-woodland with open-grassland understorey. Map unit 61 (52 %): Complex of mixed species low open-woodland between dunes with Zygochloa paradoxa (Sandhill Cane Grass) open-hummock grassland on dune crests.