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Riparian Melaleuca Thicket

       This is a generally distinct habitat occurring along some drainage lines, where runoff collects and remains after rain, ie it is poorly drained. It is characterised by narrow bands of Melaleuca linariifolia, which form dense thickets. Other species present in the small tree layer include Melaleuca styphelioides and occassionally Callistemon salignus. Emergent trees may include Eucalyptus tereticornis, Angophora floribunda or Eucalyptus canaliculata. Understorey vegetation is generally limited to sedges such as Carex appressa and occassional grasses. There is less species diversity in this habitat than in the Central Hunter Riparian Forest, with which it shares some species. The Riparian Melaleuca Thicket, however, lacks the emergent canopy species.

Riparian Melaleuca Thicket occurs within the Central Hunter Riparian Forest marked here in yellow
      Within the Werakata National Park it occurs intermittently along areas of poor drainage, and is best seen in the Abermain area where it intersects the trail from Abermain to Old Maitland Road.. Total area represented is likely to be less than 5 hectares. There are no known reserves of this vegetation type outside of the Werakata National Park. Species in the Riparian Melaleuca Thicket include:
  • Trees
    • Eucalyptus tereticornis
    • Angophora floribunda
    • Eucalyptus canaliculata
  • Small trees
    • Melaleuca linariifolia
    • Melaleuca styphelioides
  • Shrubs -
  • Vines
    • Parsonsia straminea
  • Herbs -
  • Graminoids
    • Carex appressa
    • Entolasia marginata
  • Ferns -
  • Orchids -

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