Northern Tableland Dry Sclerophyll Forests

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Estimated percentage landcover for vegetation class

Structure

Low open dry eucalypt forest and woodland up to 20 m tall, with a prominent sclerophyll shrub stratum and relatively sparse sclerophyll graminoid groundcover.

Trees

Callitris endlicheri (black cypress pine), Eucalyptus andrewsii (gum-topped peppermint), E. dealbata (tumbledown red gum), E. prava (orange gum), E. subtilior, E. williamsiana, E. youmanii (Youmans stringybark).

Shrubs

Acacia buxifolia (box-leaved wattle), A. penninervis (hickory), Allocasuarina brachystachya, Bossiaea obcordata, Brachyloma daphnoides (daphne heath), Calytrix tetragona (fringe myrtle), Cassinia quinquefaria, Kunzea obovata, Leptospermum brachyandrum, L. novae-angliae, L. trinervium (flaky-barked teatree), Leucopogon melaleucoides, L. muticus, L. neo-anglicus, Melichrus urceolatus (urn heath), Olearia elliptica (sticky daisy bush), Petrophile canescens (conesticks), Xanthorrhoea johnsonii (grass tree).

Forbs

Brunoniella australis (blue trumpet), Dianella revoluta (blue flax lily), Gonocarpus teucrioides (raspwort), Goodenia bellidifolia, Pomax umbellata, Stypandra glauca (nodding blue lily), Trachymene incisa, Cheilanthes sieberi subsp. sieberi (poison rock fern), Aristida jerichoensis (Jericho wiregrass), Austrodanthonia monticola, Cymbopogon refractus (barbed wire grass), Digitaria breviglumis, Entolasia stricta (wiry panic).

Habitat

Hilly terrain with leucogranites and porphyritic volcanics producing rocky, infertile acid soils. Above 600 m elevation on the north-western tablelands where mean annual rainfall is less than 850 mm.

Distribution

Western New England tableland, from Tenterfield to Moombi, mainly west of highway, and west to the Mt Kaputar area. May extend to Girraween area, just across the Queensland border.

Notes

A distinctive group of assemblages with some local endemism, particularly around Torrington and Bolivia Hill. Grades into New England Dry Sclerophyll Forests or Northern Tablelands Grassy Woodlands with increasing soil fertility. Communities on leucogranite substrates have a more prominent shrub stratum, a greater number of endemic plants and share a number of species with Northern Escarpment Dry Sclerophyll Forests, which are found on similar substrates to the east where rainfall is higher. Communities on porphyry substrates have a less diverse and more open shrub layer, and this allows a slightly greater development of the ground cover.

Sources

Clarke et al. (1995); Clarke et al. (1997); NPWS (1999)

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