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Regional ecosystem details for 11.12.4

Regional ecosystem 11.12.4
Vegetation Management Act class Least concern
Biodiversity status No concern at present
Subregion 2, 18, 12, 1, 14, 17, (9.4), (22), (9), (6), (4), (11), (19), (7.1), (13), (12.6), (12.1), (21), (3)
Estimated extent1 Pre-clearing 98000 ha; Remnant 2019 55000 ha
Extent in reserves High
Short description Semi-evergreen vine thicket and microphyll vine forest on igneous rocks
Structure category Dense
Description Araucaria cunninghamii is a common emergent from the general canopy layer. Canopy species include Falcataria toona, Ficus virens, Canarium australianum, Alstonia scholaris, Planchonella pohlmaniana, Cleistanthus dallachyanus and Backhousia citriodora. Common shrub or understorey species are Mackinlaya macrosciadea, Baloghia inophylla, Polyalthia nitidissima, Bosistoa medicinalis and Aglaia sapindina. The sparse ground layer includes species such as Scleria sphacelata and Adiantum hispidulum. Vines and epiphytes are common and include Microsorum punctatum, Cissus oblonga, Smilax australis and Pisonia aculeata. Eucalyptus moluccana often associated with lower slopes on sandy sites. Occurs on low hills, ranges and boulder strewn slopes formed from Mesozoic to Proterozoic igneous rocks including granite. (BVG1M: 7a)

Vegetation communities in this regional ecosystem include:
11.12.4a: Semi-evergreen vine thicket with open patches of Acacia fasciculifera, Archidendropsis thozetiana, Pleiogynium timorense and various other species. (BVG1M: 7a)
Supplementary description Christian et al. (1953), Heidelberg, Leichhardt; Fensham: (1995); Fensham and Streimann (1997); Sandercoe (1990), 13, 14; Speck et al. (1968), Hillmore, Irving, Toonda, Bouldercombe, Kariboe
Protected areas Bowling Green Bay NP, Goodedulla NP, Mount Archer NP, Homevale RR, Mount Aberdeen NP, Mount O'Connell NP, Mount Hopeful CP, Magnetic Island NP, Homevale NP, Eungella NP, Flat Top Range RR, Cape Upstart NP, Mount Abbot NP (S), MacKenzie Island CP, Townsville Town Common CP, Mount Etna Caves NP, Kroombit Tops NP, Baga NP, Abbot Bay CP, Bukkulla CP, Charon Point CP, Wongaloo CP, Gloucester Island NP, Magnetic Island CP 1
Special values Potential habitat for NCA listed species: Backhousia oligantha, Brachychiton guymeri, Corchorus hygrophilus, Cossinia australiana, Croton magneticus, Graptophyllum excelsum, Hernandia bivalvis, Macropteranthes leiocaulis, Sannantha brachypoda, Solanum sporadotrichum
Fire management guidelines STRATEGY: This vegetation requires protection from wildfire. Protection primarily relies on broad-scale management of surrounding country with numerous small fires throughout the year so that wildfires will be very limited in extent. Maintenance of fire breaks may be appropriate on flat country, but natural features will be useful as breaks in 'wild' country. ISSUES: Fuel reduction in the surrounding vegetation under low fire danger conditions and/or revegetation of cleared areas reduce the risk of damaging wildfires. Maintain or re-establish native vegetation communities adjacent to this ecosystem. Grazing may be useful in managing fuel loads created by introduced grasses such as buffel.

1 Estimated extent is from version 12 pre-clearing and 2019 remnant regional ecosystem mapping. Figures are rounded for simplicity. For more precise estimates, including breakdowns by tenure and other themes see remnant vegetation in Queensland.

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Last updated
12 March 2021
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