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  • n. A form of vegetation that has hard leaves and short internodes


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  • The combination of wet winters with dry summers is unique among climate types and produces a distinctive natural vegetation of hardleaved evergreen trees and shrubs called sclerophyll forest.

    Mediterranean Division (Bailey)

  • One climax association, dominated by trees, is called sclerophyll forest.

    California Coastal Range Open Woodland-Shrub-Coniferous Forest - Meadow Province (Bailey)

  • As you can see from the log and the leaf litter in the photo, this one was photographed in a dry sclerophyll forest.

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • Various forms of sclerophyll woodland and scrub are also typical.

    Mediterranean Division (Bailey)

  • On the hills and lower mountains, there is sclerophyll forest consisting of low trees with small, leathery leaves that can withstand the lack of summer precipitation.

    California Coastal Chaparral Forest and Shrub Province (Bailey)

  • The white-eared honeyeater Lichenstomus leucotis and New Holland honeyeater Phylidonyris novaehollandiae are found in the drier forests, the Lewin honeyeater Meliphaga lewinii frequents the rainforests and wet sclerophyll forest.

    Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

  • The most important evergreen trees of the sclerophyll forest are California live oak, canyon live oak, interior live oak, tanoak, California laurel, Pacific madrone, golden chinkapin, and Pacific bayberry.

    California Coastal Range Open Woodland-Shrub-Coniferous Forest - Meadow Province (Bailey)

  • The area also has the largest sclerophyll forest in the world, ranging from grassland, dry mallee heathland scrub and sclerophyll woodland to wet sclerophyll forest, wetlands and swamps.

    Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

  • The distribution of the original vegetation of the region was largely determined by rainfall and drainage, with open sclerophyll forests on better drained soils in the higher rainfall areas becoming open woodlands as rainfall declines.

    Naracoorte woodlands

  • Of particular conservation importance are the magnificent examples of pristine tall forests, with eucalyptus such as swamp gum Eucalyptus regnans (the world's tallest flowering plant) forming a 60-90 m high canopy over a 10-20 m high closed wet sclerophyll understorey of Olearia argophylla, Pomaderris apetala, Acacia dealbata and Acacia melanoxylon.

    Tasmanian Wilderness, Australia


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