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Regional ecosystem details for 12.2.2

Regional ecosystem 12.2.2
Vegetation Management Act class Of concern
Biodiversity status Endangered
Subregion 1, 8, (4), (9)
Estimated extent1 Pre-clearing 4000 ha; Remnant 2019 3000 ha
Extent in reserves High
Short description Microphyll/notophyll vine forest on beach ridges
Structure category Dense
Description Microphyll/notophyll vine forest. Characteristic species include Cupaniopsis anacardioides, Acronychia imperforata, Flindersia schottiana, Alectryon coriaceus, Elaeocarpus obovatus, Polyalthia nitidissima, Diospyros spp., Pleiogynium timorense and Mallotus discolor. Melaleuca spp. and eucalypt emergents may be present, e.g. Melaleuca dealbata and Corymbia tessellaris. Occurs on Quaternary coastal dunes and beaches. (BVG1M: 3a)
Supplementary description Ryan, T.S. (ed.) (2012); Bean et al. (1998), B5, B6
Protected areas Eurimbula NP, Wild Cattle Island NP, Curtis Island NP, Curtis Island CP, Deepwater NP, Mouth of Baffle Creek CP 1, Southend CP, O'Regan Creek CP, Mouth of Baffle Creek CP 2, Myora CP (IJMA)
Special values Habitat for threatened plant species including Acronychia littoralis and near threatened species including, Xylosma ovata and Dansiea elliptica.
Fire management guidelines STRATEGY: Do not burn deliberately. Protection relies on broad-scale management of surrounding country so that wildfires will be very limited in extent. May need active protection from wildfire in extreme conditions or after prolonged drought. Planned burns should not create a running fire into vine forest. Ensuring conditions of good soil moisture and moisture of litter in surrounding communities will limit fire behaviour/intensity. ISSUES: Fire sensitive and not normally flammable. Some preliminary work suggests rainforest seedling germination from planned burning activities will assist the establishment of seedlings in newly burnt areas, especially due to smoke. There may be issues with lantana and other weeds from fire and other disturbance. Remnants may be limited by frequent fire at the margins; this requires further research.
Comments Often associated with RE 12.2.11. Patches often too small to map at 1:100 000 scale. Canopy height is variable depending on exposure to wind shear. Continues to be threatened by clearing for coastal residential development. Also subject to extensive weed invasion over 90% of its pre-clear distribution (Rivina humilis, *Passiflora suberosa, *P. pallida, Lantana camara, Catharanthus roseus, Megathyrsus maximus, Asparagus spp., Salvia spp.) and localised disturbance from people and vehicle tracks.

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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