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Regional ecosystem details for 3.12.2

Regional ecosystem 3.12.2
Vegetation Management Act class Of concern
Biodiversity status Of concern
Subregion 1, 2, (6)
Estimated extent1 Pre-clearing 8000 ha; Remnant 2017 8000 ha
Extent in reserves High
Short description Araucarian notophyll vine forest on granitic ridges and mountains
Structure category Dense
Description The uneven canopy (8-15m tall) is dominated mainly by evergreen species. Buchanania arborescens (native mango), Dysoxylum oppositifolium (pink mahogany), Acacia midgleyi or A. disparrima subsp. calidestris (brown salwood), A. polystachya (a wattle) and Sterculia quadrifida (peanut tree) are frequent dominants. The very sparse emergent layer (17-30m tall) of Araucaria cunninghamii (hoop pine) is a conspicuous feature of this unit. Polyscias elegans (celery wood) and Polyalthia nitidissima (canary beech) are dominant species in the mid-dense sub-canopy (6-8m tall) layer. A sparse shrub layer (1-3m tall) is dominated by Acronychia laevis (hard aspen), Atractocarpus sessilis (false gardenia) and Myrsine porosa (northern muttonwood). Thin wiry vines are common and vascular epiphytes scarce. The ground layer is very sparse composed of isolated clumps of seedlings and ferns. Occurs on ridges and upper slopes of the predominantly granite. (BVG1M: 2b)
Supplementary description Neldner and Clarkson (in prep), 15. Stanton & Fell (2005) 48
Protected areas KULLA (McIlwraith Range) NP (CYPAL), Cape Melville NP (CYPAL), Oyala Thumotang NP (CYPAL)
Special values The vulnerable plant species Arenga australasica, Paramapania parvibractea, and Syzygium macilwraithianum, endangered species Phlegmariurus carinatus, and near threatened species Donella lanceolata, occur in this ecosystem. Important genetic populations of native plantation tree Araucaria cunninghamii.
Fire management guidelines STRATEGY: No deliberate fire management required within this unit. Undertake fuel reduction burns in surrounding vegetation utilising multiple small fires throughout the appropriate season to manage biodiversity values and to limit the extent and reduce risks of wildfire. ISSUES: Fire sensitive vegetation type.
Comments Altanmoui, McIlwraith and Melville Ranges.

1 Estimated extent is from version 11 pre-clearing and 2017 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
16 April 2019
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