|Tropical drift disseminules on southeast Australian beaches|
In: Australian Geographical Studies. Institute of Australian Geographers: Melbourne. ISSN 0004-9190; e-ISSN 1745-5871
Records are presented of tropical drift disseminules reaching Southeast Australian beaches. About 22 species are represented and seeds of at least seven may retain viabiliry. Most species are widespread plants of tropical coastal regions of the Southwest Pacific, including Queensland although one does not grow in Australia Spatial and temporal varianbns in drip disseminule assemblages are described and comparisons made with assemblages in Fiji, Queensland and elrewhere. With consideration of current and wind pattern, they suggest that most tropical drift disseminules reaching New South Wales coasts derive from islands to the north and northeast, rather than from Queensland.