Vegetation patterns in permanent spring wetlands of arid Australia

Fensham, Rod (2004) Vegetation patterns in permanent spring wetlands of arid Australia. Australian Journal of Botany, 52 6: 719-728. doi:10.1071/BT04043

Author Fensham, Rod
Title Vegetation patterns in permanent spring wetlands of arid Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Botany   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0067-1924
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/BT04043
Open Access Status
Volume 52
Issue 6
Start page 719
End page 728
Total pages 10
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Subject 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
Abstract A transect-based quadrat survey was conducted within 11 spring wetlands fed by permanent groundwater flows from the Great Artesian Basin at Elizabeth Springs in western Queensland. Flow patterns within individual wetlands change with sedimentation associated with mound building, siltation of abandoned drains and changes in aquifer pressure associated with artificial extraction from bores. The pattern of floristic groups for the wetland quadrats was poorly related to soil texture, water pH, slope and topographic position. Patterns were most clearly related to wetland age as determined from aerial photography, with a clear successional sequence from mono-specific stands of Cyperus laevigatus on newly formed wetland areas to more diverse wetland assemblages. However, evidence from other Great Artesian Basin springs suggests that succession can also result in reduced species richness where the palatable tall reed Phragmites australis develops mono-specific stands.
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