Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

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Fraser Coast Regional ecosystem information

Regional Ecosystem   12.3.7

 

Priority   4

Short Description  Eucalyptus tereticornis, Casuarina cunninghamiana subsp. cunninghamiana +/- Melaleuca spp. fringing woodland

Notes  koala

Comments  12.3.7: Too small to map at 1:100 000 scale. Prone to invasions by weeds such as (Chinese elm) Celtis sinensis, (broad leaved pepper tree) Schinus terebinthifolius and (cat's claw creeper) Macfadyena unguis-cati. Canopy height and cover is highly variable due to flood damage. 12.3.7a: Prone to invasions by weeds such as Chinese elm Celtis sinensis, broad leaved pepper tree Schinus terebinthifolius and cat's claw creeper Macfadyena unguis-cati. Too small to map at 1:100 000 scale. 12.3.7b: Vegetation may occur on infrequently inundated areas. 12.3.7c: Vegetation occurs on infrequently inundated areas. 12.3.7d: Vegetation occurs on infrequently inundated areas. Generally too small to map at 1:100 000 scale. Important for water birds and freshwater invertebrates and vertebrates such as tortoises.

Special Values  Habitat for an extensive range of aquatic flora and fauna.

Fraser Coast region distribution  Mapped along major Rivers and Creeks mainly away from the coast. Variants 12.3.7b, 12.3.7c and 12.3.7d present.

Long Description  Narrow fringing woodland of Eucalyptus tereticornis, Casuarina cunninghamiana subsp. cunninghamiana +/- Melaleuca viminalis. Other species associated with this RE include Melaleuca bracteata, M. trichostachya, M. linariifolia. North of Brisbane Waterhousea floribunda commonly occurs and may at times dominate this RE . Melaleuca fluviatilis occurs in this RE in the north of the bioregion. Lomandra hystrix often present in stream beds. Occurs on fringing levees and banks of rivers and drainage lines of alluvial plains throughout the region. (BVG1M: 16a) Vegetation communities in this regional ecosystem include: 12.3.7a: Melaleuca bracteata open forest +/- emergent Eucalypts tereticornis. Occurs in drainage depressions on Quaternary alluvial plains. Riverine wetland or fringing riverine wetland. (BVG1M: 22c) 12.3.7b: Naturally occurring instream waterholes and lagoons, both permanent and intermittent. Includes exposed stream bed and bars. Occurs in the bed of active (may be intermittent) river channels. Riverine wetland or fringing riverine wetland. (BVG1M: 16d) 12.3.7c: Billabongs and ox-bow lakes containing either permanent or periodic water bodies. Often fringed with Eucalyptus tereticornis Old river beds now cut off from regular flow. Palustrine wetland (e.g. vegetated swamp). (BVG1M: 34d) 12.3.7d: Aquatic vegetation usually fringed with Eucalyptus tereticornis. Closed depressions on alluvial plains. Palustrine wetland (e.g. vegetated swamp). (BVG1M: 34d)

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