Conifer and deciduous beech vegetation
Conifer and deciduous beech vegetation is forest, woodland, scrub or heath dominated by one of the native conifer species, or deciduous beech. Endemic conifers include king billy pine, pencil pine, huon pine, Mount Mawson pine or dwarf pine. These species may occur together or dominate distinct types of vegetation on their own. All these species are among the oldest and best examples of palaeo-endemic plants in the world, are extremely fire sensitive being typically killed by fire, and are often unable to recover following fire because of the absence of a seed source. These rare vegetation communities are now restricted to the most naturally fire-protected regions of Tasmania. These communities also provide important habitats for many other endemic fauna and flora species.
Iconic pines alongside Lake Rhona, January 2019