Fire Responses

Fire does not stimulate flowering of the grasstree Xanthorrhoea latifolia subsp. latifolia in central Queensland

This article highights the fact that little is known about the responses to fire by northern Australian species of Xanthorrhoea. It emphasises that every species within a 'fire-dependent' or 'fire-tolerant' genus cannot be assumed to respond in the same way to fire. (McKillup and McKillup, 2014)

The influences of climate, habitat and fire on the distribution of cockatoo grass (Alloteropsis semialata) (Poaceae) in the Wet Tropics of northern Australia

This study demonstrated, through a late dry season experimental burn, that cockatoo grass has a high survival to fire, with increased density and flowering in response to fire. The grass is a food resource for many species. (Bateman and Johnson, 2011)

Managing for Healthy Country in the VRD - Impacts of fire and grazing on environmental change

This extract from Managing for Healthy Country in the VRD discusses the impact of fire and grazing on environmental change, in particular the impact of contemporary land use and fire regimes on woody thickening and pasture grasses.

The post-fire response of an obligate seeding Triodia species (Poaceae) in the fire-prone Kimberley, north-west Australia

This study investigated the post-fire regeneration response of the obligate seeder Triodia sp. nov. (aff. T. schinzii Henrard) in the fire prone Kimberley, Western Australia.  It concluded that Triodia sp. nov. is resilient to the short fire intervals experienced in the Kimberley where it is a successful localised species. (Graeme and Legge, 2011)

Buds, bushfires and resprouting in the eucalypts

This paper discusses vegetative regeneration by eucalypts following disturbance due to factors including fire. The bud-forming structures of eucalypts are quite consistent across the genus, but differ from resprouting structures in many other plants. The structures are particularly well adapted to regeneration after fire and, globally, eucalypts are some of the most successful post-fire resprouters. (Burrows, 2013)

Mistletoe flora (Loranthaceae and Santalaceae) of the Kimberley, a tropical region in Western Australia, with particular reference to fire

This study presents the results of a 30 year study of mistletoe in the Kimberley. It consider that fire is eroding distributions of many species and may be threatening some, particularly the rare north Kimberley species. (Start, 2013)