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Angair’s flora and fauna group is proud to publish this document by Geoff W. Carr and make it available to the wider public.

An inventory of the vascular flora of the Anglesea and Aireys Inlet area, extending to Torquay on Tertiary and Quaternary sediments, eastern Otway Plain Bioregion, Victoria

Geoff W. Carr, Ecology Australia Pty Ltd., 88 B Station Street, Fairfield, Vic 3078 (

Version 4, 3 September 2017

  • Introduction
    This inventory of the vascular flora of the Anglesea-Aireys Inlet area, extending to Torquay in the eastern Otway Plain Bioregion, was commenced about 10 years ago. Only the vascular flora is dealt with because the non-vascular flora is poorly documented, that is surveyed and collected. Similarly the fungi have been neglected. The purposes of the inventory are to:
    compile as complete a list of the indigenous and exotic flora as possible, updated as appropriate when additional taxa are recorded
  • document and highlight the extraordinary species richness of the indigenous flora; there are for example 124 indigenous orchid species (Orchidaceae) which comprises 31% of the Victorian orchid flora (VicFlora; Backhouse, Kosky, Rouse and Turner 2016; Forster and McDonald 2009) and 71 indigenous sedge species (Cyperaceae) comprising 40% of the family in Victoria (see VicFlora). Statistics for the flora are given in Table 1
  • provide a checklist of species/taxa as an aid for plant identification in vegetation survey and quadrat data collection in the region covered
  • provide a checklist of environmental weed species of management concern, or potential management concern, in the region
  • highlight the local and regional endemism in the flora, as well as the suite of species or taxa that are as yet undescribed (mostly recognised as a result of the taxonomic research undertaken by G. Carr, unpublished data); this will hopefully raise the profile of undescribed taxa
  • indicate the species for which the region contains the type locality
  • provide data that may be utilised for further analysis, e.g. biogeography of the flora
  • indicate the formal (or informal) conservation status of the species in the flora
  • provide lists of plant species that may be used (with other data) in design of dryland or wetland revegetation projects.

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