Australian spinifex grasses: new names in Triodia for Monodia and Symplectrodia

Crisp, Michael Douglas, Mant, Jim, Toon, Alicia and Cook, Lyn Gai (2015) Australian spinifex grasses: new names in Triodia for Monodia and Symplectrodia. Phytotaxa, 230 3: 293-296. doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.230.3.9


Author Crisp, Michael Douglas
Mant, Jim
Toon, Alicia
Cook, Lyn Gai
Title Australian spinifex grasses: new names in Triodia for Monodia and Symplectrodia
Formatted title
Australian spinifex grasses: new names in Triodia for Monodia and Symplectrodia
Journal name Phytotaxa   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1179-3155
1179-3163
Publication date 2015-10-13
Year available 2015
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.11646/phytotaxa.230.3.9
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 230
Issue 3
Start page 293
End page 296
Total pages 4
Place of publication Auckland New Zealand
Publisher Magnolia Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The Australian spinifex grasses comprise an endemic radiation (69+ species) of morphologically and ecologically distinctive plants. Many species are long-lived hummock-forming perennials that bristle with needle-like leaves. Ecologically, they resemble sclerophyll shrubs rather than grasses (Rice & Westoby 1999). They are widespread in dry communities, especially the eremaean and monsoonal (savannah) biomes, where they often dominate the landscape, particularly on oligotrophic (sandy and skeletal) substrates. Across nearly one-third of the continent, spinifex plays a dominant role in structuring communities and their fire regimes, directly influencing the habitat dynamics of many animals, including endangered species (Allan & Southgate 2002, Brown et al. 2009, Dickman et al. 2011).
Keyword Triodia
Monidia
Symplectrodia
Australia
Monocots
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Editorial
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