Dry matter content and nutrient distribution in an age series of Eucalyptus regnans
plantations in New Zealand.
This review arose out of extensive work by Ashton (1975) in the Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans
) forests near Mt Disappointment (800 m ASL and ~700 mm annual rainfall) in southern Victoria, Australia.
Some may remember this iconic tree from the Tasmanian forest protests in 2000s when this soaring Eucalyptus regnans
, also known as Mountain Ash or Swamp Gum, earned the world record for supporting the highest tree sit platform.
Keywords: giant trees, Mountain Ash, Eucalyptus regnans
, remnant trees
There is a penetrating analysis of evidence for the peculiar "age-yield" relationship or "bushfire response function" in mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans
) forests, first reported in 1974.
The tallest flowering plant to call Australia home is Eucalyptus regnans
, with temperate eastern Victoria and Tasmania being home to the six tallest recorded species of the genus.
This article reports on an investigation into the effect of the salient wood-bending variables on important mechanical and bending characteristics of Eucalyptus regnans
wood, using a full factorial experimental framework and associated statistical analysis.
Then a 30-year study of Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans
) forest in Australia confirmed not only that big old trees were dying en masse in forest fires, but also perishing at ten times the normal rate in non-fire years -- apparently due to drought, high temperatures, logging and other causes.
We are surrounded by enormous Eucalyptus Regnans
, or mountain ash gum trees, various varieties of Acacias, Myrtle Beech, Sassafras, Blue Gums and an under storey of dogwoods, tree ferns, Australian flowering mint bushes, and all the tiny ferns, mosses and lichens you would expect to find in a moist, deep fern gully.
For many ecosystems, such as the mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans
) forests which grow on the outer edges of Melbourne, and were the scene of the disastrous Black Saturday fires in February 2009, fire is a natural process that is needed to maintain the ecosystem.
Forests ranged from the Amazon in the tropics to temperate moist forests, such as stands of mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans
) in Victoria's Central Highlands.