The nature of late tertiary vegetation in Australia

I. R. Sluiter, A. P. Kershaw

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    During the later part of the Tertiary, evergreen rainforest, which had been the dominant vegetation of Australia, contracted coastwards in response to drier conditions. Detailed pollen analysis of brown coal sediments in the Latrobe Valley suggests that rainforest within this region showed a great deal of variability including communities analogous to present day cool temperate, warm temperate and sub-tropical types. Evidence from a number of sites illustrates the nature of succeeding xerophytic vegetation. In contrast to the present, drier rainforests were more extensive and eucalypt communities were restricted, but the range of vegetation types may have been similar.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)211-222
    Number of pages12
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1982

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