Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
A survey of the composition and structure of the vegetation of the roadside easement and adjacent farmland was made at eighteen sites on the Mornington Peninsula. Victoria, Australia. The ground cover was grass dominant at all sites, with a predominance of introduced species notably Holcus lanatus, Anthoxanthum odoratum and Briza maxima. Agrostis tenuis and Paspalum dilatatum occurred to a lesser extent. Two alien broad-leafed species, Hypochoeris radicata and Plantago lanceolata, were abundant at most sites.The frequency of species present on the easement was markedly reduced in the adjacent farmland; conversely, the pasture plants Lolium perenne, Trifolium repens and T. subterraneum, did not colonize the easement to any great extent.At some sites, the native trees and shrubs had not been cleared during road construction. They were able to survive on the easement despite the influences of the adjacent road and farmland. Seedlings of all the native species were found.
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