Hunter Valley Moist Forest – Landcare classification

Landcare assessors classified Dick’s Creek reserve as Hunter Valley Moist Forest (MU12). This classification can be found online in:

Volume 2: Vegetation Community Profiles, Lake Macquarie Local Government Area Working Draft v2

This classification description is replicated below:

Hunter Valley Moist Forest

Unit 12 

Hunter Valley Moist Forest Example
Keith Class: Hunter-Macleay Dry Sclerophyll Forests

VCA: Not yet assigned

GHV: Spotted Gum / Broad-leaved Mahogany / Grey Gum grass / shrub open forest on Coastal Lowlands of the Central Coast (071)

LHCCREMS: Hunter Valley Moist Forest (MU12)

General Description:

Hunter Valley Moist Forest is a broadly defined unit requiring further clarification and assessment, and it may overlap considerably with other MU12 subunits so far defined. As defined here, this is an original REMS2000 unit that has been subdivided regionally (see MU12 subunits). This community is effectively an ecotonal unit between moister forests in sheltered locations, and dryer ridgetop types. In most cases a canopy of Corymbia maculata with Eucalyptus acmenioides is present, although other species such as Eucalyptus siderophloia and Eucalyptus punctata may also occur. Important understorey species include Polyscias sambuccifolia, Pteridium esculentum, Pittosporum undulatum, Notelaea longifolia, Poa affinis, Oplismenus imbecillus and Pseuderanthemum variabile.

 

Characteristic Features:

  • canopy of Spotted Gum and White Mahogany, with Ironbarks and Grey Gum
  • mid-storey of Elderberry Panax, Sweet Pittosporum, Bracken and Native Olive
  • well developed ground layer of grasses, herbs and forbs

Classification Confidence:

Low

Moderate

High

 

 

Distribution:

Within Lake Macquarie LGA [from LGA Map v2014 Stages 1-6]  – 959 ha

 

Community Conservation Status:

  • EPBC Act (1999) Status –  not currently listed.
  • TSC Act (1995) Status –  not currently listed.

Key Diagnostic Species [99% contribution, based on 9 plots]:

Hunter Valley Moist Forest (12)

Average similarity: 45.77

Habit

Species

Av.Abund

Av.Sim

Sim/SD

Contrib%

Tree

Eucalyptus acmenoides

3.33

3.48

9.32

7.61

 

Corymbia maculata

3.11

3.39

18.70

7.40

 

Eucalyptus paniculata subsp. paniculata

2.00

1.50

1.11

3.27

 

Allocasuarina torulosa

1.67

1.23

1.42

2.68

 

Syncarpia glomulifera subsp. glomulifera

1.11

0.42

0.44

0.92

 

Eucalyptus punctata

0.89

0.21

0.29

0.45

 

Eucalyptus propinqua

0.67

0.10

0.17

0.21

 

Acmena smithii

0.67

0.07

0.17

0.15

 

Cryptocarya microneura

0.56

0.07

0.17

0.15

 

Eucalyptus umbra

0.44

0.06

0.17

0.14

 

 

Small Tree

Glochidion ferdinandi var. ferdinandi

1.33

0.70

0.71

1.52

 

Melaleuca styphelioides

0.44

0.09

0.30

0.20

Palm

Livistona australis

0.44

0.10

0.30

0.21

 

 

Shrub

Polyscias sambucifolia subsp. sambucifolia

1.67

1.51

1.64

3.31

 

Pittosporum undulatum

1.67

1.37

1.48

2.99

 

Notelaea longifolia f. longifolia

1.56

1.36

1.53

2.97

 

Breynia oblongifolia

1.33

1.04

1.55

2.28

 

Persoonia linearis

0.89

0.50

0.79

1.08

 

Dodonaea triquetra

1.00

0.47

0.58

1.03

 

Maytenus silvestris

0.89

0.39

0.57

0.85

 

Myrsine variabilis

0.67

0.31

0.61

0.69

 

Leucopogon lanceolatus var. lanceolatus

0.56

0.19

0.44

0.42

 

Acacia implexa

0.56

0.19

0.44

0.41

 

Pittosporum revolutum

0.44

0.18

0.44

0.40

 

Clerodendrum tomentosum

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.26

 

Acacia ulicifolia

0.33

0.09

0.30

0.21

 

Zieria smithii

0.33

0.09

0.30

0.21

 

Rubus moluccanus var. trilobus

0.44

0.09

0.30

0.20

 

Exocarpos cupressiformis

0.33

0.09

0.30

0.19

 

Podolobium ilicifolium

0.44

0.06

0.17

0.14

 

 

Ground Fern

Pteridium esculentum

1.67

1.44

2.76

3.16

 

Adiantum aethiopicum

1.44

0.59

0.54

1.29

 

Doodia aspera

0.89

0.22

0.29

0.49

 

 

Cycad

Macrozamia flexuosa

0.44

0.10

0.30

0.21

Grasstree

Xanthorrhoea macronema

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.27

 

 

Grass

Poa affinis

2.44

2.17

3.31

4.75

 

Oplismenus imbecillis

2.11

2.02

4.17

4.42

 

Microlaena stipoides var. stipoides

1.44

1.20

1.45

2.63

 

Imperata cylindrica

1.89

1.14

0.92

2.48

 

Entolasia stricta

1.00

0.38

0.44

0.83

 

Themeda australis

1.00

0.22

0.29

0.47

 

Aristida vagans

0.44

0.06

0.17

0.14

 

Panicum simile

0.44

0.06

0.17

0.14

 

Hunter Valley Moist Forest (12)

Average similarity: 45.77

 

 

Habit Species Av.Abund  Av.Sim Sim/SD Contrib%

Graminoid

Lomandra longifolia

1.56

1.44

2.79

3.15

Dianella caerulea var. assera

1.44

1.30

3.58

2.85

Sedge

Gymnostachys anceps

1.11

0.64

0.76

1.40

Lepidosperma laterale

0.78

0.35

0.58

0.77

 

 

Herb

Pseuderanthemum variabile

1.67

1.50

1.66

3.29

Desmodium gunnii

1.22

0.75

0.78

1.64

Pratia purpurascens

0.78

0.26

0.41

0.58

Desmodium rhytidophyllum

0.67

0.19

0.30

0.41

Dichondra repens

0.67

0.18

0.30

0.39

Viola hederacea

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.26

 

 

 

Ground Orchid

Acianthus fornicatus

0.78

0.27

0.42

0.59

Pterostylis spp.

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.27

Pterostylis
longifolia

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.26

 

 

Twiner

Eustrephus latifolius

1.78

1.78

3.32

3.88

Parsonsia straminea

1.33

0.98

1.04

2.13

Pandorea pandorana

1.44

0.94

1.04

2.05

Dioscorea transversa

1.22

0.85

1.00

1.85

Geitonoplesium cymosum

1.11

0.75

1.04

1.64

Smilax australis

1.11

0.66

0.76

1.44

Hardenbergia violacea

0.89

0.65

1.16

1.41

Smilax glyciphylla

0.89

0.42

0.56

0.92

Clematis glycinoides var. glycinoides

0.89

0.41

0.57

0.89

Cassytha glabella f. glabella

0.67

0.30

0.61

0.66

Billardiera scandens

0.67

0.22

0.41

0.48

Glycine clandestina

0.67

0.22

0.41

0.47

Sarcopetalum harveyanum

0.56

0.18

0.44

0.40

Hibbertia scandens

0.56

0.12

0.28

0.26

Hibbertia dentata

0.33

0.09

0.30

0.21

Stephania japonica var. discolor

0.33

0.10

0.30

0.21

Cayratia clematidea

0.44

0.09

0.30

0.19

Kennedia rubicunda

0.33

0.09

0.30

0.19

Morinda jasminoides

0.56

0.07

0.17

0.15

 

 

 

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