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Salt lake fringed by Melaleuca shrubs and mallee, Lake Gilles, SA

Claypan with canegrass, Eragrostis australasica, with surface water after rain,
western NSW

Claypans, salt lakes, samphires, bare areas

The ability to tolerate both high salt concentrations and desiccation are critical requirements for any plant to survive salt lake habitats.


photosPhotos from the Australian Plant Image Index

Sources: Australia's Native Vegetation - from rainforest to spinifex, map and information poster produced by the National Land & Water Audit, Natural Heritage Trust, Australian Government, 2001
Australia's Native Vegetation - A summary of Australia's Major Vegetation Groups, 2007, Australian Government website
Text: ABS 2006,

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