Eastern Riverine Forests

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<1%
1-10%
10-50%
>50%
Estimated percentage landcover for vegetation class

Structure

Open Casuarina forest, 10-40 m tall, with a variable non-sclerophyll shrub stratum and patchy groundcover of sedges and herbs, interspersed with leaf litter, cobbles and open sand.

Trees

Casuarina cunninghamiana (river oak).

Shrubs

Acacia floribunda (white sally), Acacia mearnsii (black wattle), Glochidion ferdinandi (cheese tree), Hymenanthera dentata (tree violet), Tristaniopsis laurina (water gum).

Forbs

Hydrocotyle tripartita (pennywort), Persicaria hydropiper (water pepper), Carex appressa (tussock sedge), Entolasia marginata (bordered panic), Lomandra longifolia (spiny-headed mat-rush), Microlaena stipoides var. stipoides (weeping grass), Oplismenus aemulus.

Habitat

Riparian corridors in open terrain of the coastal hinterland and tablelands up to 800 m elevation. Soils are moist and dynamic sandy substrates with boulders and cobbles.

Distribution

Restricted to narrow bands along rivers of the coast and tablelands north from Bega continuing into central Queensland. Examples occur along the Guy Fawkes and Macleay rivers on the north coast and tablelands, the Capertee and Wollondilly rivers on the central tablelands, the Deua and Tuross rivers on the south coast, and the upper Murrumbidgee, Macquarie and Gwydir rivers on the southern tablelands and western slopes.

Notes

A distinctive locally restricted group of assemblages whose composition varies with latitude, elevation and adjoining vegetation. Degraded in some parts of its range by runoff and livestock from adjoining agricultural areas.

Sources

Keith & Bedward (1999); Thomas et al. (2000); Clark et al. (2000)

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