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Ribbon Gum—Mountain Gum—Snow Gum Grassy Forest/Woodland of the New England Tableland Bioregion - profile

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Scientific name: Ribbon Gum—Mountain Gum—Snow Gum Grassy Forest/Woodland of the New England Tableland Bioregion
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Ecological Community
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 21 Oct 2005
Profile last updated: 24 Mar 2020

Description

Ribbon Gum—Mountain Gum—Snow Gum Grassy Forest/Woodland of the New England Tableland Bioregion is characterised by a tree layer that is usually 20 metres tall and reaches up to 30 metres in resource-rich sites, but is considerably shorter than 20 metres on exposed or damp sites or where past clearing has removed mature trees. Common overstorey species include Eucalyptus viminalis (Ribbon Gum), E. dalrympleana subsp. heptantha (Mountain Gum), E. pauciflora (Snow Gum or White Sallee) and occasionally E. stellulata (Black Sallee). The mid-layer and understorey comprise sparse layers of small trees and shrubs, including Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle), Pultenaea microphylla and Pimelea linifolia (Slender Rice-flower) and a dense to very dense grassy ground cover dominated by Poa sieberiana var. sieberiana (Snowgrass), P. labillardieri var. labillardieri (Tussock), Themeda australis (Kangaroo Grass) and Elymus scaber (Common Wheatgrass), with herbs such as Acaena spp. (Bidgee-widgees and Sheep's-burrs), Ammobium alatum (Tall Ammobium), Asperula conferta (Common Woodruff), Geranium solanderi (Native Geranium), Ranunculus lappaceus (Common Buttercup) and numerous other species. Ribbon Gum—Mountain Gum—Snow Gum Grassy Forest/Woodland of the New England Tableland Bioregion provides important habitat for the nationally vulnerable plant species Thesium australe (Austral Toadflax).

Distribution

Ribbon Gum—Mountain Gum—Snow Gum Grassy Forest/Woodland of the New England Tableland Bioregion is currently known from parts of the Local Government Areas of Armidale, Dumaresq, Bellingen, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes Severn, Guyra, Inverell, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha, but may occur elsewhere in this bioregion. Ribbon Gum—Mountain Gum—Snow Gum Grassy Forest/Woodland of the New England Tableland Bioregion may co-occur with White Box Yellow Box Blakely's Red Gum Woodland, also listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act. The two endangered ecological communities may intergrade where they adjoin and in intermediate habitats, such as occur in the vicinity of Armidale. All intermediate assemblages are collectively included within the two communities.

Habitat and ecology

  • Throughout the range of this community, most of the understorey is highly modified, with many weeds present and a reduced native species richness.
  • An unknown area of the community persists as a derived native grassland where the woody component of the community has been eliminated by clearing. The derived grassland component is still considered to be part of the endangered ecological community.
  • Much of the community now exists as remnants in roadside, rail and power easements and in TSRs.
  • Of the area still wooded, much is regrowth after clearing or has had its understorey adversely affected by grazing or weed invasion

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsArmidale Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsDeepwater Downs Known None
New England TablelandsEastern Nandewars Predicted None
New England TablelandsEbor Basalts Known None
New England TablelandsGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Known None
New England TablelandsMoredun Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsNightcap Known None
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Known None
New England TablelandsRound Mountain Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsTenterfield Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsYarrowyck-Kentucky Downs Known None