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Mount Budawang Cool Temperate Rainforest | by Poytr
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Mount Budawang Cool Temperate Rainforest

This rainforest has only eleven species of higher plants. Perhaps the least diverse rainforest known in Australia. The trees are Black Olive Berry & Pinkwood.

 

Rainforests are considered places of great botanic diversity. Rightly so, particularly in the tropics. In a small area, there may be a hundred species of trees, dozens of different vines and dozens of epiphytes.

 

The rainforest botanist A.G. Floyd visited this cool temperate rainforest at Mount Budawang. He found only eleven species of higher plants.

 

Pinkwood dominated the tree canopy, with an occasional Black Olive Berry. On the ground is the Hard Water Fern. Two vines climbed upwards; a ferny Kangaroo vine, and the Mountain Silkpod vine. Two shrubs are on the rainforest floor; the Soft Tree Fern and the Mountain Pepper grow under the Pinkwood forest roof.

 

Epiphytes seen (that is plants that hang off rocks and branches) were the Finger Fern, the Common Filmy Fern, the Shiny Filmy Fern, and the Fieldia.

 

Of course the photo is dominated by a something not considered a "higher plant". The hanging moss here is of prominence and appeal.

 

 

 

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Taken on June 13, 1999