Pepper Vine Info-Popup Australian Rainforest
Much of our Australian Rainforest (75% of our tropical rainforest for example) has been lost to clearing for agricultural and urban development. Although rainforests cover only about 0.3 per cent of Australia, they contain about half of all Australian plant families and about a third of Australia’s mammal and bird species. So their loss has a huge impact on our biodiversity. Our rainforest is also special because it contains the remnants of the once mighty and vast rainforests that covered the ancient, southern supercontinent Gondwana. Our modern rainforests contain plant species that include some of the world’s oldest ferns and conifers, as well as some early flowering plants that have been around over 100 million years.
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