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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 124 Finke Site: 25-3-1 Karinga Creek Level of significance: bioregional Location: 25 18' S 133 6' E; Basement of the Amadeus Basin - Henbury/Erldunda Plains. Area: 502 km2 Map sheet: Kulgera SG 53-5 Bioregion: Finke (FIN) Tenure: Pastoral Lease - Lyndavale (9% of site), Erldunda Station (68% of site) and Idracowra Station (21% of site) Description: The site comprises the bed and terraces of Karinga Creek (and some tributaries) and the extensive chain of associated salinas and discharge basins. Apart from the extensive playa deposits, the geology of the site includes outcrops of silcrete and weathered talus, aeolian sand, alluvium and some minor exposures of Devonian shales, the basement geology in this area. Playa deposits include mineralised clays, gypsiferous sands (or kopi) and source bordering lunettes. This site has a diversity of hyper-saline, semi-saline and gypseous environments. Notes: The site includes the type locality of Angianthus cyathifer. Criteria satisfied: A1b ii), B1 b2 ii), B1 b1 ii) Taxa of Australian significance: Sclerolaena symoniana {3KC-} Taxa of NT significance: Acacia nyssophylla {3k}, Bulbine alata {3k}, Dissocarpus biflorus var. biflorus {3k}, Dodonaea microzyga var. microzyga {3r}, Dysphania sphaerosperma {3r}, Eriochlamys behrii {3k}, Frankenia punctata {3r [E]}, Gunniopsis septifraga {3r only known in FIN from this site}, Halosarcia calyptrata {3k}, Kippistia suaedifolia {3r}, Maireana pentatropis {3r}, Maireana schistocarpa {3k}, Osteocarpum acropterum var. acropterum {3k}, Sclerochlamys brachyptera {3k}, Sclerolaena parallelicuspis {3rC-}, Tetragonia eremaea {3k} Taxa of Southern NT (study area) significance: none Taxa of bioregional significance: none Other taxa only known in FIN bioregion (NT portion) from this site: Halosarcia halocnemoides, Halosarcia pergranulata subsp. elongata Type locations of the following were collected from the site: Angianthus cyathifer (1974) Vegetation Map Units (mapped as occurring at the site on the 1:1000,000 NT Vegetation Survey Map): Map unit 93 (10 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) hummock grassland with Allocasuarina decaisneana (Desert Oak) openwoodland overstorey between dunes. Map unit 108 (32 %): Maireana astrotricha (Southern Bluebush) low open-shrubland with ephemeral open-herb/grassland. Map unit 111 (18 %): Halosarcia (Samphire) low open-shrubland fringing bare salt pans. Map unit 71 (6 %): Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall sparse-shrubland with grassland understorey. Map unit 83 (15 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex) or Triodia pungens (Soft Spinifex) hummock grassland with Eucalyptus gamophylla (Blue Mallee), Acacia tall sparse-shrubland overstorey. Map unit 82 (17 %): Triodia basedowii (Hard Spinifex)hummock grassland with Acacia aneura (Mulga) tall sparse-shrubland overstorey between dunes.

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