Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

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Fraser Coast Regional ecosystem information

Regional Ecosystem   12.3.16


Priority   1

Short Description  Complex notophyll to microphyll vine forest on alluvial plains


Comments  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. Brisbane Valley and north and west of Gympie. Drier environments than 12.3.1a

Special Values  Habitat for threatened plant species including Xanthostemon oppositifolius, Fontainea rostrata, Macadamia integrifolia and M. ternifolia. Habitat for threatened fauna species including Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni and Ornithoptera richmondia. Important for fruit-eating birds, many of which migrate seasonally from upland to lowland rainforest.

Fraser Coast region distribution  Scattered areas mapped along major rivers and streams.

Long Description  Complex notophyll to microphyll vine forest. Typical canopy species include Aphananthe philippinensis, Argyrodendron sp. (Kin Kin W.D.Francis AQ81198), Argyrodendron trifoliolatum, Diospyros fasciculosa, Drypetes deplanchei, Dysoxylum mollissimum subsp. molle, Jagera pseudorhus, Mallotus discolor, Melia azedarach, Mischocarpus pyriformis subsp. pyriformis, Planchonella pohlmaniana, Toona ciliata and Vitex lignum-vitae. Casuarina cunninghamiana may occur in scattered patches or low densities along channel banks. Grevillea robusta commonly occurs south of Maryborough. Emergents of Araucaria cunninghamii, Eucalyptus tereticornis and Lophostemon confertus may occur. Typical sub-canopy species include Streblus brunonianus, Cryptocarya triplinervis, Gossia bidwillii, Diospyros australis, Arytera divaricata, Capparis arborea, Cleistanthus cunninghamii and Polyalthia nitidissima. Occurs on Quaternary alluvial plains and channels. (BVG1M: 4b)

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