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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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2. Central Ranges Bioregion 2.1 OVERVIEW OF THE NT PORTION OF THE CENTRAL RANGES BIOREGION The Central Ranges bioregion comprises an area of 97,100km2, of which 27% (26,000km2) is located in the Northern Territory. The Central Ranges bioregion straddles the south western corner of the study area and includes adjoining areas of Western Australia and South Australia. The region is dominated by a series of rocky quartzite, gneiss and granite ranges, interspersed with red Quaternary sandplains and occasional dunefields. The sandplains support low open woodlands of either Desert Oak (Allocasuarina decaisneana) or Mulga (Acacia aneura) over hummock grasslands. Low open woodlands of Ironwood (Acacia estrophiolata) and Corkwoods (Hakea spp.) often fringe ranges. The ranges support low mixed shrublands of Acacia spp. Eremophila spp. and Grevillea spp. or White Callitris Pine (Callitris glaucophylla) woodlands over hummock (Triodia spicata, T.melvillei and T. irritans) and tussock grasslands. The climate is arid temperate. Rainfall is sporadic and unreliable with falls occurring throughout the seasons. A total of 85 indigenous vascular plant taxa are currently considered to be of conservation significance in the NT portion of the Central Ranges bioregion. These taxa are listed in volume 1, appendix 3. The botanical heritage of this area is poorly known to western science with very little documented biological survey activity in recent times. Further work is urgently required. Index to Sites in the Central Ranges bioregion (NT portion) Site No. Site Name Significance Principal Bioregion Page 24-1-1 Bloods Range bioregional Central Ranges 70 24-1-2 Petermann Ranges national Central Ranges 68 25-1-PL1 Northern Mann Ranges undetermined Central Ranges 73 25-2-AD1 Northern Musgrave Range undetermined Central Ranges 73 25-3-3 Mount Cuthbert bioregional Central Ranges 72 $ $ # CR YULARA 24-1-1 24-1-2 25-1-PL1 25-1-PL1 25-2-AD1 # 25-3-3 N Projected in Lambert Conformal Conic Sites of Undetermined Significance $ National Sites Sites of Undetermined Significance Bioregional Sites Main Roads Property Boundaries Bioregion Boundaries 2600' 2600' 2530' 2530' 2500' 2500' 2430' 2430' 2400' 2400' 12900' 12900' 12930' 13000' 13000' 13030' 13030' 13100' 13100' 13130' 13130' 13200' 13200' Volume 2, Part 2 , page 67 Central Ranges