Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

Ecosystems of the Fraser Coast Region

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Fraser Coast Regional ecosystem information

Regional Ecosystem   12.3.21


Priority   3

Short Description  Complex microphyll vine forest on alluvial plains


Comments  Previously mapped as 12.3.1. Found in drier environments than 12.3.16 and 12.3.17. 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. Restricted to dry western parts of bioregion.

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 some drainage lines in the far west of the region

Long Description  Complex microphyll vine forest. Typical canopy species include Excoecaria dallachyana, Archidendropsis thozetiana, Polyalthia nitidissima, Drypetes deplanchei, Ficus rubiginosa, Diospyros geminata, Coatesia paniculata, Flindersia australis, Alectryon connatus, Alectryon subdentatus, Diospyros humilis, Planchonella cotinifolia, Bridelia leichhardtii, Croton insularis, Denhamia pittosporoides, Notelaea microcarpa and Siphonodon australis. Casuarina cunninghamiana may occur in scattered patches or low densities along channel banks. Emergents of Araucaria cunninghamii and Eucalyptus tereticornis may occur. Typical sub-canopy species include Mallotus philippensis, Gossia bidwillii, Alangium villosum subsp. tomentosum, Exocarpos latifolius, Hodgkinsonia ovatiflora, Capparis arborea and Pleurostylia opposita. Typical shrub species include Murraya ovatifoliolata, Alchornea ilicifolia, Turraea pubescens, Alyxia ruscifolia and Psydrax odorata. Occurs on Quaternary alluvial plains and channels in drier western parts of bioregion typically draining from hills and ranges. (BVG1M: 4b)

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