Cool temperate rainforest in the Pilot Wilderness area, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales: Distribution, composition and impact of the 2003 fires

  • Although the distribution and composition of cool temperate rainforest in eastern Australia may be regarded as well documented, the recent discovery of cool temperate rainforest stands dominated by Atherosperma moschatum in the Pilot Wilderness area of Kosciuszko National Park shows that our knowledge is still incomplete. The additional discovery of 10 plant species previously unrecorded for the park including large specimens of Elaeocarpus holopetalus highlights the fact that although the flora and vegetation of the alpine and subalpine tracts of Kosciuszko National Park are relatively well studied, the remainder of the park is by comparison understudied and under sampled. Although not actively protected or managed, these cool temperate rainforest stands appear to have been little affected by the 2003 fires in the Australian Alps, with only 2 stands out of 25 showing any fire incursion. However, whether the direct effects of climate change or the indirect effects of human reaction to climate change poses the greatest threat to the continued existence of these stands is an open question. The aim of this short communication is to: a) examine the distribution and composition of these newly discovered stands of cool temperate rainforest and b) to briefly describe the impact of the 2003 fires on this restricted vegetation type.

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Author:Michael D. Doherty, Geoffrey Robertson, Danny Corcoran, Genevieve Wright
Parent Title (English):Cunninghamia : a journal of plant ecology for eastern Australia
Publisher:Mount Annan Botanic Garden, The Administration Officer
Place of publication:Mount Annan, NSW
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2013/03/28
Year of first Publication:2011
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/03/28
Page Number:9
First Page:119
Last Page:127
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 58 Pflanzen (Botanik) / 580 Pflanzen (Botanik)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia / Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia, Volume 12, Issue 2 (2011)
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht