Southern Beeches (not birds, sorry)

Subject: Southern Beeches (not birds, sorry)
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2006 14:04:25 +1000
In response to Alan's request for Nothofagus altitudinal ranges, the 
following has been provided to me from Neville Walsh of the Melbourne 
Herbarium.  Neville has visited various Nothofagus sites in Australia and 
overseas and is familiar with beech distribution and ecology.

'In southern Tas, N. cunninghamii occurs to virtually sea-level (e.g. 
around Port Davey). We have a collection here where altitude is noted as 4 
m a.s.l. I think it could get lower!

In Victoria the lowest occurrence would be around 20 m on Wilsons 
Promontory (Paradise Valley at southern end of 5 mile beach).

N. gunnii (Tas only) is higher - probably rarely, if ever, below c. 500 

And here's the bird connection for you Alan - >

If you've ever been to Port Davey, Tasmania (monitoring Orange-bellied 
Parrots near Melaleuca), you will be impressed by the low forest going 
down to the shoreline in this part of the world.

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist
Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St., East Melbourne  3002


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