The effect of fires on regeneration of leguminous species in the northern jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata Sm) forest of Western Australia
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): S. R. Shea; J. McCormick; C. C. Portlock
Publication Year: 1979

Cataloging Information

  • Acacia spp.
  • arthropods
  • Australia
  • eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus calophylla
  • Eucalyptus diversicolor
  • Eucalyptus marginata
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • forest types
  • germination
  • heat
  • insects
  • jarrah
  • legumes
  • low intensity burns
  • native species (plants)
  • Pinus elliottii
  • Pinus palustris
  • regeneration
  • sclerophyll forests
  • seed dispersal
  • seed germination
  • shrubs
  • temperature
  • trees
  • understory vegetation
  • western Australia
  • wildfires
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38546
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13152
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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In the northern dry sclerophyll jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata Sm.) forests of South-west of Western Australia abundant germination of soil-stored seed of leguminous species commonly occurs following wildfire. Broad scale regeneration of legumes does not occur following normal low to moderate intensity prescription burning. Regeneration of leguminous species has been achieved on several sites by high intensity prescription burning without significant damage to the boles of crop trees. Leguminous seed is redistributed both vertically and horizontally by ants following seed-fall. The bulk of the seed occurs at depths at which there is no heat pre-treatment during normal prescription burns. Promotion of native legume species by modification of prescription burning techniques could be used to improve the health of the forest.

Shea, S. R., J. McCormick, and C. C. Portlock. 1979. The effect of fires on regeneration of leguminous species in the northern jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata Sm) forest of Western Australia. Australian Journal of Ecology, v. 4, p. 195-205.