Soil-landform and vegetation relations in the chenopod shrublands of western New South Wales
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AbstractChenopod shrublands, dominated by members of the general Atriplex and Maireana, occupy extensive areas of semi-arid western New South Wales. These communities are found over a wide range of soils and landforms, from the fine-textured alluvium of the Riverine Plain, to the aeolian sandplains in the southwest and the stony plains in the northwest.Soil-moisture availability is the major factor affecting the distribution of chenopods which provide an important fodder reserve, and protect the soil against wind erosion during drought periods. Management of these shrubs should aim towards maintaining a sufficient cover of perennial shrubs during these drought periods.The success of land reclamation programmes varies according to the soil-landform association, the type and degree of erosion and the proximity to seed source.

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