Journal article

Phenology and climate - early Australian botanical records

Lynda E Chambers, Marie R Keatley

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2010

Abstract

Historical information from the Hobart Botanical Gardens (1864-1885) was used to identify species and phenological phases that were responsive to climatic variations and have the potential to be used as climate change indicators in southern Australia. Of the 49 species considered, 26 (53%) had at least one phenophase that appeared to be driven by changes in rainfall, minimum temperature, or both. This was particularly true for fruiting species, including currants, pears and plums, and for the phenophases harvest commencement, seed ripening or fall, and fruit ripening.

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