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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

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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 102 Davenport Murchison Ranges Site: 20-5-2 Upper Frew River Level of significance: bioregional Location: 20 56' S 135 7' E; Davenport Ranges Area: 702 km2 Map sheets: Frew River SF 53-3, Elkedra SF 53-7 & Bonney Well SF 53-2 Bioregion: Davenport Murchison Ranges (DAV) Tenure: Davenport Murchison National Park (proposed) (34% of site); Freehold - Anurrete Aboriginal Land Trust (37% of site); Pastoral Lease - Elkedra Station (13% of site), Kurundi Station (2% of site) and Murray Downs Station (10% of site) Description: The site incorporates the entire upper catchment of the Frew River above Police Station Waterhole. Notes: The Murchison and Davenport Ranges support numerous disjunctions of plant taxa more commonly found in the monsoon influenced regions to the north of the study area (in latitudes north of 18 degrees south). In addition, other plant taxa commonly found on the rocky ranges further south such as the Dulcie and Macdonnell Ranges reach their northerly limits in the Davenports. The ranges are a significant green refuge enclosed within the arid Tanami bioregion. Criteria satisfied: A1 a ii), A1 b ii), B1 b1 ii) Taxa of Australian significance: Cullen walkingtonii {3KC-}, Striga squamigera {3K [SE] only known in DAV from this site} Taxa of NT significance: Thaumastochloa pubescens {3k only known in DAV from this site} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: Acacia hemsleyi {(disjunct)}, Cajanus acutifolius {(disjunct & apparently rare)} Taxa of bioregional significance: Corymbia sphaerica {DAV (eastern range limit) [E] only known in DAV from this site}, Dendrophthoe odontocalyx {DAV (disjunct and southern range limit) [S]}, Dysphania rhadinostachya subsp. rhadinostachya {DAV (disjunct) only known in DAV from this site}, Gomphrena cunninghamii {DAV (disjunct)}, Thysanotus exiliflorus {DAV (northern range limit) [N] only known in DAV from this site} Other taxa only known in DAV bioregion from this site: Atalaya hemiglauca, Bonamia deserticola, Brachycome ciliaris complex, Corchorus sidoides, Cullen patens, Enteropogon ramosus, Phyllanthus lacunellus, Themeda avenacea Type locations of the following were collected from the site: Merremia davenportii (1860s), Solanum diversiflorum (1860s) Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 71 (1 < %): Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall sparse-shrubland with grassland understorey. Map unit 43 (99 %): Eucalyptus low open-woodland and/or Acacia sparse-shrubland with Triodia spicata (Spike Flower Spinifex), Triodia pungens (Soft Spinifex) hummock grassland understorey.