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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 30


Noel Chopping

pp: 540-550

Queensland is a vast state of some 667,000 square miles. It has 3,263 miles of coast line and is situated in the tropical and sub-tropical southern zone, with the Tropic of Capricorn passing through Rockhampton. The state is divided by a series of mountain ranges and spurs along the east coast which from The Great Dividing Range. This mountain range varies from a few miles off the coast to 200 miles inland. It is the coastal side of this range that receives the bulk of summer rains. The areas where the range is close to the coast are predominantly rain-forest areas, marshy low-land Melaleuca or coastal Wallum areas. Summer monthly rainfall in this area varies from 200mm to over 500mm in the northern tropical regions. The rain-forest contains a wealth of trees and shrubs suitable for cultivation as garden and indoor plants. Unfortunately many have still to be collected and tested, but time is running out as great areas of our rain-forests are being cleared at an alarming rate for

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