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Hunter Lowlands Redgum Forest

      This forest type is present in only an isolated area of the Park, near the junction of Deadmans Creek and Saltwater Creek and occupies only about 7 hectares of the Park. It is characterised by redgums (Eucalyptus amplifolia ssp. amplifolia, Eucalyptus tereticornis, Eucalyptus glaucina), although a few other species of gum are present. In this location it shows continuing effects from occupation, clearing, frequent fires, and the grazing of cattle. This has resulted in a loss of the usual small to medium shrubs. This forest type has some similarities with the Central Hunter Riparian Forest, except that where the Riparian Forest has Casuarina glauca and Eucalyptus canaliculata, the Redgum Forest has Eucalyptua amplifolia ssp. amplifolia, Eucalyptus tereticornis, and Eucalyptus glaucina. Also the Riparian Forest tends to be along waterways, whereas the Redgum Forest occurs in open depressions and drainage flats adjacent to relatively minor creeklines. The Redgum Forest tends to occur on clay-based Permian Sediments. This small and isolated stand of Redgum Forest protects some of the vulnerable Eucalyptus glaucina. Hunter Lowlands Redgum Forest in orange
      Fewer than 5000 hectares of this forest type exist anywhere, and only about 100 hectares are protected within National Parks.

Plants in this Ecosystem:

  • Trees
    • Eucalyptus amplifolia ssp. amplifolia
    • Eucalyptus tereticornis
    • Eucalyptus glaucina
    • Eucalyptus crebra
    • Eucalyptus moluccana
    • Angophora floribunda
  • Small trees
    • Melaleuca decora
    • Acacia irrorata ssp. irrorata
  • Shrubs
    • Exocarpus strictus
    • Grevillea montana (rare)
    • Callistemon linearis
    • Acacia ulicifolia
    • Pultenaea cunninghamii
    • Daviesia ulicifolia
    • Melaleuca nodosa
  • Vines
    • Cassytha glabella forma glabella
  • Herbs
    • Hypoxis hygrometrica var. hygrometrica
    • Helichrysum scorpioides
    • Veronica cinerea var. cinerea
    • Pratia purpurascens
    • Desmodium varians
    • Laxmannia gracilis
    • Dichondra repens
    • Pomax umbellata
    • Polymera calycina
    • Opercularia hispida
    • Hibbertia linearis
    • Murdannia graminea
    • Goodenia rotundifolia
    • Haloragis heterophylla
    • Phyllanthus virgatus
    • Oxalis perennans
    • Hydrocotyle peduncularis
  • Graminoids
    • Microlaena stipoides var. stipoides
    • Aristida vagans
    • Eragrostis brownii
    • Paspalidium distans
    • Echinopogon ovatus
    • Entolasia stricta
    • Austrodanthonia longifolia
    • Dianella caerulea var. caerulea
    • Lomandra confertifolia ssp. pallida
    • Panicum simile
  • Ferns
    • Cheilanthes sieberi ssp. sieberi
  • Sedges
    • Fimbrostylis dichotoma
    • Lepidosperma laterale

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