Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

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Fraser Coast Regional ecosystem information

Regional Ecosystem   12.3.17


Priority   2

Short Description  Gallery rainforest (notophyll vine forest) on alluvial plains


Comments  Often too narrow to be mapped at 1:100 000 scale. Previously mapped as 12.3.1. Extensively cleared for agriculture. Prone to invasion by weeds such as camphor laurel Cinnamomum camphora, broad leaved pepper tree Schinus terebinthifolius, cat's claw creeper Dolichandra unguis-cati on margins and when disturbed.

Special Values  Important for fruit-eating birds, many of which migrate seasonally from upland to lowland rainforest.

Fraser Coast region distribution  Scattered linear areas along Mary River and some tributaries upstream from Tiaro

Long Description  Simple notophyll fringing forest usually dominated by Waterhousea floribunda. Other typical canopy species include Aphananthe philippinensis and Castanospermum australe. Casuarina cunninghamiana may occur in scattered patches or low densities along channel banks. Often Typical sub-canopy species include Syzygium australe, Cryptocarya triplinervis and Ficus coronata. Fringes channels on Quaternary alluvium. (BVG1M: 4b)

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