baumzaehlen - Primeval Forests & Their Trees

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McDougall's Road, Tasmania, Australia


I have included this stand because the tallest known Opens internal link in current windowEucalyptus globulus (Tasmanian blue gum) individuals grow there, the tallest being 90.7 metres1. The tallest tree was 92.3 m tall before top dieback2. Standing at the edge of old-growth forest next to a clearcut area, this tree, together with its immediate environment, has now been protected. Opens internal link in current windowE. regnans (Australian mountain ash) is the only angiosperm in the world with still taller extant individuals. The canopy of the stand is very open so the understory is dense and very difficult for walking.


Tall E. globulus forests are rare nowadays having been extensively cleared for agriculture; there are few significant stands protected within secure reserves3.





2       Herrmann, W. (2006): Vulnerability of Tasmanian giant trees. Australian Forestry 69/4 pp. 285–298.

3       Harris, S. and Kitchener, A. (2005). Opens external link in new windowFrom Forest to Fjaeldmark: Descriptions of Tasmania's Vegetation. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

The tallest Eucalyptus globulus (Tasmanian blue gum).
McDougall's Road stand.