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Regional ecosystem details for 3.12.5

Regional ecosystem 3.12.5
Vegetation Management Act class Of concern
Biodiversity status Of concern
Short description Simple evergreen notophyll vine forest on upper slopes of mountains and ranges
Structure category Dense
Description [Not in RE version 11]²: This now a Wet Tropics regional ecosystem. The dense, fairly uneven canopy (16-19m tall) is dominated by a variety of evergreen species. Agathis robusta (kauri), Carnarvonia araliifolia, Litsea bindoniana, Macaranga subdentata, Cryptocarya mackinnoniana and Syzygium cormiflorum are the most commonly encountered species. Beilschmiedia obtusifolia and Pleioluma xerocarpa dominate the canopy in places. Emergent Acacia celsa up to 22 metres tall may be present. The sub-canopy layer (8-12m tall) is mid-dense to dense, with Gossia myrsinocarpa, Chionanthus ramiflorus, Antirhea tenuiflora and Pullea stutzeri the most frequent species. The shrub/low tree layer is variable, with Harpullia rhyticarpa, Helicia australasica, H. nortoniana, Atractocarpus sessilis and Psychotria dallachiana the most frequent species. The climbing palm, Calamus caryotoides frequently occurs in disturbed areas. Palms such as Normanbya normanbyi are occasionally present in sheltered areas. Epiphytes including Asplenium nidus, Drynaria spp. and Platycerium spp., are frequent on tree trunks and boulders. Occurs on upper slopes of mountains and ranges. (BVG1M: 6b)
Supplementary description Neldner and Clarkson (in prep), 23; Tracey (1982), 8
Special values High diversity of vascular plants, many with restricted distributions.
Comments More extensive in the Wet Tropics bioregion.

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.

2 Superseded: Revision of the regional ecosystem classification removed this regional ecosystem code from use. It is included in the regional ecosystem description database because the RE code may appear in older versions of RE mapping and the Vegetation Management regulation.

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Last updated
16 April 2019
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