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Ecology of Callitris glaucophylla (Cupressaceae) on the MacDonnell Ranges, central Australia


Bowman, DMJS and Latz, PK, Ecology of Callitris glaucophylla (Cupressaceae) on the MacDonnell Ranges, central Australia, Australian Journal of Botany, 41, (2) pp. 217-225. ISSN 0067-1924 (1993) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/bt9930217


A geographic survey of 17 stands of Callitris glaucophylla on the MacDonnell Ranges, in central Australia, revealed that the pine occurs on sites ranging from flat, sandy creek beds to rocky, north or south facing slopes, with the majority of the sampled stands occurring on steep (35) south-facing slopes. A quadrat based (n=100) floristic survey on an outlying ridge from the MacDonnell Ranges also showed that C. glaucophylla has a wide ecological niche, although the species had a significantly negative association with sites that lacked boulders (> 0.5 m diameter) and significantly positively associated with south-facing slopes. The widespread occurrence of dead C. glaucophylla stems and the lack of associated regeneration indicate that species distribution is currently contracting. We suggest that the fragmentary distribution of the species is strongly controlled by wildfire.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Biogeography and phylogeography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:69139
Year Published:1993
Web of Science® Times Cited:28
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2011-04-19
Last Modified:2011-06-06

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