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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

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 70 Central Ranges 2.3 SITES OF BIOREGIONAL SIGNIFICANCE IN THE NT PORTION OF THE CENTRAL RANGES BIOREGION Site: 24-1-1 Bloods Range Level of significance: bioregional Location: 24 38' S 129 25' E; 20 km north of Docker River in the far south west of the study area. Area: 777 km2 Map sheet: Bloods Range SG 52-3 Bioregions: Central Ranges (CR 81.7%) & Great Sandy Desert (GSD 18.3%) Tenure: Freehold - Petermann Aboriginal Land Trust (100% of site) Description: The site includes the broken system of ranges including Bloods Range, Mount Harris, Rowley Range and Pinyinna Range and their associated colluvial slopes and alluvial fans. The site incorporates minor occurrences of the intervening sandplain and dunefield. The ranges are composed of resistant quartzite and silicified colluvium. The site also includes a small section of the floodplain of the Hull River, which terminates in the sandplains to the north of the Bloods Range. Notes: A rarely visited site. Further basic collecting of plants is required in this important area. The site includes the type location for Acacia auricoma. Criteria satisfied: A1 a ii), A1 b ii), B1 b1 ii) Taxa of Australian significance: Acacia auricoma {3K}, Daviesia eremaea {3K}, Eremophila hughesii subsp. A28811 Bloods Range {3K [NW] only known in CR from this site}, Logania centralis {3KC- only known in CR from this site}, Ozothamnus A25067 Petermann Ranges {3K (border)}, Prostanthera centralis {3K [N]} Taxa of NT significance: Austrostipa trichophylla {3rC- only known in CR from this site}, Cymbopogon dependens {3kC-}, Dampiera roycei {3k}, Goodenia centralis {3kC-}, Hakea rhombales {3k only known in GSD from this site}, Heliotropium epacrideum {3k only known in CR from this site}, Isotropis centralis {3rC-}, Lechenaultia lutescens {3k}, Pityrodia loxocarpa {3r only known in CR from this site}, Sida calyxhymenia {3r}, Stenanthemum A81040 Docker River {3k}, Tricoryne elatior s.lat. {3rC-} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: none Taxa of bioregional significance: Gompholobium polyzygum {GSD (disjunct) only known in GSD from this site}, Triodia irritans {CR (northern range limit) [N]} Other taxa only known in CR bioregion (NT portion) from this site: Bulbostylis turbinata, Canthium latifolium, Corchorus sidoides, Euphorbia boophthona, Euphorbia wheeleri, Goodenia grandiflora, Gossypium australe, Hannafordia bissellii, Heliotropium pachyphyllum, Hibiscus sturtii var. truncatus, Paspalidium reflexum, Prostanthera sericea, Sida A87985 Western sand dunes, Sida virgata, Tribulus hirsutus, Triodia longiceps Type locations of the following were collected from the site: Acacia auricoma Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 93 (43 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) hummock grassland with Allocasuarina decaisneana (Desert Oak) openwoodland overstorey between dunes. Map unit 73 (1 < %): Acacia tetragonophylla (Dead Finish), Acacia kempeana (Witchetty Bush) sparse-shrubland with herb/grassland understorey. Map unit 84 (1 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) hummock grassland with Eucalyptus gamophylla (Blue Mallee) tall sparseshrubland overstorey. Map unit 65 (19 %): Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall open-shrubland with Eragrostis eriopoda (Woolybutt) open-grassland understorey. Map unit 78 (21 %): Triodia spicata (Spike-flowered Spinifex) hummock grassland with Grevillea wickhamii (Holly Grevillea), Acacia sparse-shrubland overstorey. Map unit 79 (14 %): Triodia melvillei (Soft Spinifex) hummock grassland with Acacia aneura (Mulga), Acacia kempeana (Witchetty Bush) tall open-shrubland overstorey.