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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

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Volume 2, Part 2, page 116 Finke Site: 25-2-3 Mount Conner Level of significance: national Location: 25 31' S 131 53' E; ca. 95 km ESE of Yulara. Area: 163 km2 Map sheet: Ayres Rock SG 52-8 Bioregion: Finke (FIN) Tenure: Pastoral Lease - Curtain Springs Station (100% of site) Description: This site is centred on Mount Conner, a large mesa, capped by resistant sandstone (a unit of the Winnall Beds), which rises some 300m above the sand plains. Partially encircling Mount Conner are two curved ridges of Inindia Sandstone - this system of ridges roughly delineates the site. Notes: The site supports extensive stands of the rare N.T. endemic Acacia ammobia. A.ammobia is a structural dominant over several thousand hectares to the west of Mount Conner. In addition, there are numerous seasonal swamps and depressions between Mount Conner and the outlying Inindida Sandstone ridges. A diversity of ephemeral wetland plants including the rarely seen Eleocharis papillosa have been recorded in the area. Criteria satisfied: B1 b2 i), B1 b1 i) Taxa of Australian significance: Acacia ammobia {3RC- [S]}, Eleocharis papillosa {3R [S]}, Sauropus ramosissimus {3KC-}, Stylidium inaequipetalum {3RCa} Taxa of NT significance: Cymbopogon dependens {3kC-}, Elacholoma hornii {3rC-}, Lawrencia viridi-grisea {3r only known in FIN from this site}, Maireana pentatropis {3r}, Malacocera biflora {3r (border) only known in NT from this site}, Sclerolaena birchii {3k only known in FIN from this site}, Swainsona acuticarinata {3kC-}, Vittadinia dissecta var. hirta {3kC-}, Zygophyllum ovatum {3r} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: none Taxa of bioregional significance: Schoenoplectus laevis {FIN (disjunct and apparently rare) only known in FIN from this site} Other taxa only known in FIN bioregion (NT portion) from this site: Acacia ayersiana, Amyema gibberula var. gibberula, Dicrastylis gilesii, Dicrastylis gilesii var. bagotensis, Hibiscus solanifolius, Pluchea dentex, Ptilotus obovatus var. griseus, Senecio laceratus Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 93 (39 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) hummock grassland with Allocasuarina decaisneana (Desert Oak) openwoodland overstorey between dunes. Map unit 66 (11 %): Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall open-shrubland with Senna, Eremophila (Fuchsia) open-shrubland understorey. Map unit 67 (35 %): Acacia ammobia tall open-shrubland with sparse-grassland understorey. Map unit 82 (13 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex)hummock grassland with Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall sparse-shrubland overstorey between dunes.

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