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On Monday 13th March 2017 a small group of interested individuals, including Peter Woodard, Terry Wright and soil scientist Michael Eddie were accompanied by local Comboyne farmer and amateur botanist Colin Amos on a tour of 3 of the 4 sites on the Comboyne Plateau where Antarctic Beech (Lophozonia moorei or Nothofagus moorei) is found growing at altitudes of between 572masl and 590masl.
A record however does exist for the Little Nymboida River further north of 520masl.
Two of the sites are on the Thone River and a tributary of it and the other two are on Mumford Creek.
All trees at all 3 sites we visited were either growing on the edge of a creek or not too far from it. Almost all the trees were doing surprisingly well and apparently quite fast growing and there was evidence of seedling regrowth at all 3 sites, site 3 being the most prolific. At site 2 the trees are endangered by cattle trampling new seedlings around the base of the trees. The trees at the exposed first site we visited were actually flowering in March despite their usual pattern of flowering in October.
Lophozonia grows here on Comboyne Plateau in association with a mix of warm temperate, cool temperate and subtropical rainforest species, with their main protection along the creeks coming from Privet, Lomatia arborescens and Acacia melanoxyon.
It is possible that more sites where Lophozonia exists may be found on Comboyne Plateau however its unlikely that they will exist away from close proximity to a creek or river unless at higher altitude near Killabakh Nature Reserve where on the road in to Comboyne from Wingham the altitude may exceed 800m in places.

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Category:Scenic
Subcategory:Plants
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Keywords:Antarctic Beech, Australia, Bale and Williams, Barlin, Branch Creek, Colin Amos, Comboyne, Comboyne Plateau, Cool Temperate Rainforest, Debreceny, Lophozonia, Lophozonia mooreii, Mid North Coast, Mumford Creek, NSW, Nothofagaceae, Nothofagus, Nothofagus mooreii, Private Property, Site 1, Site 1, Site 2, Subtropical Rainforest, Thone River, Vulnerable Trees, Warm Temperate Rainforest

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Guestbook for Antarctic Beech Remnants, Comboyne, NSW March 13th 2017
Peter Woodard(non-registered)
#76 is Trochocarpa laurina
Peter Woodard(non-registered)
#56 is Doryphora sassafras
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