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Mediterranean Vegetation Types in Australia 37 the glacials, these switched from comparative aridity and coolness, and possibly reduced fire regime, to warm and humid conditions like those in the present interglacial. Such climatic swings must have promoted considerable sorting and redistribution of species. The strong taxonomic relationship of Australia's mediterranean flora to that of many other vegetation formations, however, is undoutedly tied to its development during the late Tertiary and Quaternary climatic transformations.

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Mediterranean Vegetation Types in Australia 23 ceae, Proteaceae, Rutaceae, one to a few taxa from the families Dilleniaceae, Restionaceae, Rhamnaceae, Santalaceae, Thymelaeaceae, and Xanthorrhoeaceae, and Droseraceae and Cyperaceae can be common in wet heaths. 1 gives the distribution of major mediterranean genera across other vegetation formations in Australia: based on Francis (1970), Willis (1972) and Harden (1990, 1991) for closed forests; Costermans (1983), Willis (1970, 1972), and Pate and Beard (1984) for forests, open forests, and woodlands; Jessop (1981) for arid lands; Costin et al.

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