Foliage cover of tallest stratum greater than 70%
Rainforests and Vine Thickets
- Closed forests characterised by dense foliage
and a large diversity of plant species.
- Mostly confined to the wetter areas or climatic
refuges in eastern Australia, where the extent
varies from a few hectares in sheltered gullies
to hundreds of square kilometres in a mosaic,
often with wet sclerophyll forests. Also occur
on drier environments as semi-evergreen vine
thickets in inland Queensland and New South
Wales and monsoonal vine thickets in northern
- Community types include cool temperate
rainforest, subtropical rainforest, tropical
rainforest, vine thickets, and semi-deciduous
and deciduous vine thickets.
Rainforests were cleared extensively during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for high value timbers, dairying, tobacco, sugar cane and other agricultural production.
Rainforest Photos from the Australian Plant Image Index
Vine Thicket Photos from the Australian Plant Image Index