Australian Journal of Botany Australian Journal of Botany Society
Southern hemisphere botanical ecosystems

Effects of Time Since Fire on Heath Floristics at Wilson's Promontory, Southern Australia

RP Russell and RF Parsons

Australian Journal of Botany 26(1) 53 - 61
Published: 1978


Five stands of heath vegetation were located which were similar in all respects except that their age since last being burnt ranged from 1 to 21 years. There were no major floristic differences associated with age since fire. Species richness declined from about 60 species from 1 to 10 years since fire down to 49 species at 21 years. The essentially self-replacing nature of the vegetation after fire is due to the high incidence of rootstock regeneration.

© CSIRO 1978

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