Courses & Units

Plants of Tasmania KPA210



this unit complements KPA214 and KPA215. It is highly recommended that students take both units.


This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to the diversity of plants found in Tasmania. In lectures, we examine the major natural vegetation communities in Tasmania, the key processes shaping them in the present and in the past, and their conservation and scientific significance. In the practical component, we introduce fungi and the major groups of land plants (bryophytes, ferns and gymnosperms), key flowering plant families, and the features that enable you to identify each. This level of understanding of the diversity of plants, their communities, and the forces shaping them will give you a new appreciation of the Tasmanian environment. This unit is an ideal preparation for the summer school KPA375 Field Botany, and this combination provides some of the best undergraduate botany training in Australia.

Theoretical topics include:

        An overview of the Tasmanian environment

  • Climate, geology, geomorphology and soils
  • The role of fire in shaping the vegetation

        Vegetation types of Tasmania

  • Open and closed sclerophyll forests
  • Coastal heath and buttongrass moorland
  • Alpine vegetation
  • Cool temperate rainforest

        Introduction to fungi and the non-flowering plants of Tasmania

  • Mosses and liverworts
  • Ferns and conifers

        Introduction to the diversity of flowering plants of Tasmania

        Introduction to the vegetation of the past and origins of the Tasmanian flora

        Ecological variation within and between species, using the Tasmanian eucalypts as examples.

Practical component includes:

          Introduction to the key characteristics for species identification of

  • Tasmanian fungi
  • Non-flowering plants
    • Liverworts and Mosses
    • Ferns
    • Gymnosperms
  • Flowering Plants
    • Key morphological characters
    • Eucalypts
    • Acacias/ Fabaceae
    • Rutaceae/ Dilleniaceae/Rhamnaceae/ Lamiaceae
    • Ericaceae/Proteaceae/ Myrtaceae
    • Asteraceae/Monocots

Excursion to Mt Wellington to examine clinal variation and variability in habitat in eucalypts

Excursion to Ridgeway/Waterworks


Unit name Plants of Tasmania
Unit code KPA210
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology
School of Biological Sciences
Discipline Plant Science

Dr RJE Wiltshire

Teaching staff

Assoc Prof GJ Jordan and Dr RJE Wiltshire (Coordinator)

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Domestic students

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* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2017: $1,131.00 2017: $2,055.00 010903

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Teaching Pattern

2 lectures weekly (13 wks), 3 hr practical weekly (13 weeks).


Theory exam (50%), practical assessment (50%)

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