Tasmanian temperate rain forests

WWF Abstract

The cool, wet rain forests of this ecoregion stretches throughout western Tasmania. In the more elevated areas, snow is common during the winter months. The forest floor normally is covered with a thick layer of decaying matter and mosses. Green moss extends up the trunks of trees such as summit cedars and pencil pines. Beech trees also grow here, their leaves turning color each fall from green to yellow to bright red. In areas without fires, the Huon pine and King Billy pine are dominant. Huon pines are extremely slow-growing but may reach ages of 1,500 years and heights of 130 feet (40 m). They are capable of reproducing by seed or from sprouts on fallen trees. One of these pines or a small number of them can give rise to a stand of genetically identical trees, such as the all-male stand that has existed for 10,000 years on Mt. Read.
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Biome:Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Area:7,743,998 acres (3,133,885 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
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Protected Areas

Mt. Field National Park
Southwest National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER