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Native riparian vegetation in Tasmania
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-25, 22:16 authored by Daley, EA, Kirkpatrick, JB
Twenty-one riparian vascular plant communities are defined, mapped and described using presence/absence data from 460 sites from relatively unmodified stretches of rivers and streams on mainland Tasmania. The process of classification involved selection of groups of floristically distinct sites from a sorted table produced by a polythetic divisive process. The communities have strong geographic patterns. Many communities have a wide range of structural expression and/or dominants. Nearly half of the native vascular flora of Tasmania is present in the sites, including a large number of conservation-significant species, some of which are concentrated in riparian vegetation. In the drier, lowland parts of the State there are large areas with little or no native riparian vegetation remaining. Several of the communities that occur in this environment appear to be totally unreserved, while most of the communities from colder and more humid areas are represented within secure reserves.