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This subject is designed for students wishing to take a summer course, and who are interested in the biology of native plants and plant communities and environments in Victoria. It is suited to students studying environmental science or environmental studies.
Topics covered include:
biogeographic regions of Victoria: climate, landforms, geology, soils and vegetation types;
biology of Victorian plants: intraspecific variation and adaptation to local conditions, ecotypes and clines, mallee plants, coastal plants, alpine plants;
conservation and threats to the Victorian flora: weeds, diseases, pests, fire, extinctions.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have an understanding of the biogeography and biology of the Victorian flora;
- develop skills in identification of Victoria's plants; and
- appreciate the evolutionary history of, conservation value of and threats to Victoria's ecosystems.
Last updated: 14 May 2021