The response to environmental flows of a culturally significant flood-dependent species: Centipeda cunninghamii (Asteraceae)

Will Higgisson, Tanya M. Doody, Cherie Campbell, Fiona J. Dyer

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Abstract

Centipeda cunninghamii (old man weed) is a culturally significant plant that is widely distributed across the floodplain wetlands of the Murray-Darling Basin. This short communication combines aboriginal and non-aboriginal knowledge of C. cunninghamii to highlight its importance in river-floodplain systems and to add to the flow-ecology knowledge base for this species. Percentage cover data for C. cunninghamii, collected from the floodplains and wetlands of the lower Lachlan River system from 2014 to 2019 were used and compared with data on time-since-flooding and soil moisture to describe this species' response to flooding and drying. The results of this study show how the occurrence and distribution of C. cunninghamii in the landscape is related to the occurrence and distribution of inundation and that environmental flows can be used to maintain this culturally important plant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalMarine and Freshwater Research
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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