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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 88 Channel Country Site: 22-6-2 Toko Range Level of significance: bioregional Location: 22 45' S 137 55' E; ca. 50 km due south of Tobermorey Station on the Queensland and Northern Territory border. Area: 388 km2 Map sheet: Tobermorey SF 53-12 Bioregion: Channel Country (CHC) Tenure: Pastoral Lease - Tobermorey Station (98% of site) Description: The site includes the rocky upper catchments of Pettigrew Creek in the central part of the Toko Range. The geology of this area is dominated by extensive outcroppings of Ordovician sandstones. The site also incorporates the clay rich plains grasslands to the north of the Toko Range drained by Alcoora and McCullock Creeks Notes: The Toko Ranges support distinctive stands of Acacia cyperophylla/Sida D70364 Hale River shrublands in creeklines and gullies. These stands represent the best examples of this vegetation type in the Northern Territory. The remote and rarely visited Toko Ranges extend into Queensland. Criteria satisfied: A1 a ii), A1 b ii), B1 b1 ii) Taxa of Australian significance: Goodenia D70208 Barkly {3KC- (border) [SE] only known in CHC from this site}, Mukia A90788 Tobermorey Station {3V}, Sida A88135 Hale River {3K [NE] only known in CHC from this site} Taxa of NT significance: Amaranthus macrocarpus {3k (border) only known in NT from this site}, Centipeda A92472 Toko Range {3kC- only known in CHC from this site}, Hibiscus sturtii var. sturtii {3rC- only known in CHC from this site}, Sarcostemma brevipedicellatum {3k (border) only known in CHC from this site}, Sauropus rigens {3rC-}, Senna phyllodinea {3k}, Sida D70364 Huckitta {3k} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: none Taxa of bioregional significance: Gomphrena cunninghamii {CHC (disjunct) [E] only known in CHC from this site}, Operculina aequisepala {CHC (southern range limit) [S] only known in CHC from this site} Other taxa only known in CHC bioregion (NT portion) from this site: Acacia salicina, Atalaya hemiglauca, Brachycome ciliaris complex, Cheilanthes lasiophylla, Cheilanthes sieberi subsp. pseudovellea, Crotalaria cunninghamii, Crotalaria eremaea var. eremaea, Cymbopogon ambiguus, Cyperus exaltatus, Cyperus gymnocaulos, Dysphania glomulifera subsp. eremaea, Dysphania rhadinostachya subsp. inflata, Dysphania simulans {[N]}, Echinochloa turneriana, Enneapogon oblongus, Enteropogon ramosus, Eragrostis dielsii, Eragrostis speciosa, Eriachne pulchella subsp. dominii, Gnephosis arachnoidea, Gomphrena lanata, Heliotropium curassavicum, Hibiscus burtonii, Ipomoea racemigera, Isotropis winneckei, Leptochloa fusca subsp. fusca, Myriophyllum verrucosum, Nicotiana velutina, Portulaca filifolia s.lat., Ptilotus exaltatus, Setaria dielsii, Spermacoce brachystema, Streptoglossa decurrens, Tragus australianus, Zaleya galericulata subsp. galericulata Botanically Significant Waterholes at the site: Nora Waterhole Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 62 (3 %): Acacia georginae (Gidyea) low open-woodland with Astrebla pectinata (Bull Mitchell Grass) open-grassland understorey. Map unit 95 (15 %): Mixed species sparse-grassland or herbland. Map unit 74 (80 %): Acacia stowardii (Bastard Mulga), Senna, Eremophila (Fuchsia) sparse-shrubland.