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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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Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/601264; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/601266; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/601268

Page content

Volume 2, Part 2, page 107 Finke 5. Finke Bioregion 5.1 OVERVIEW OF THE NT PORTION OF THE FINKE BIOREGION The Finke bioregion comprises an area of 73,800km2, 74% (54,400km2) of which is located in the Northern Territory. The remainder of the Finke bioregion occurs in South Australia. This bioregion includes most of the watershed of the Finke River, excluding its headwaters which are in the MacDonnell Ranges bioregion. It is a geomorphologically complex and varied area of low sandstone ranges, weathered tablelands, laterite capped mesa and buttes, saline depressions and sandplains. In the south of the bioregion to the south of Kulgera the landscape is dominated by rounded metamorphic hills. A diverse range of vegetation types occur in the Finke bioregion due to the diverse geology, soils and landforms. Widely distributed vegetation types include hummock grasslands (dominated by Triodia spp), Acacia shrublands (dominated principally by A.aneura, A kempeana, A. calcicola, A. ramulosa or A.ligulata) and low saltbush (Atriplex vesicaria) or Bluebush (Maireana astrotricha) shrublands. A forthcoming biological survey of this bioregion should greatly add to the knowledge of its flora. A total of 147 indigenous vascular plant taxa are currently considered to be of conservation significance in the NT portion of the Finke bioregion. These taxa are listed in volume 1, appendix 3.

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