Tropical Primary Forests Symposium - Uncovering Gondwana
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Rusty Helicia (Helicia ferruginea, Proteaceae)

Rusty Helicia (Helicia ferruginea, Proteaceae)

Helicia ferruginea, a vulnerable species within the family Proteaceae, is endemic to a small area of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area in northeast New South Wales and southeast Queensland, and small relict populations in the Wet Tropics of Queensland. It's a good example of the Southern Hemisphere family Proteaceae. This family and its subfamilies diversified well before the fragmentation of Gondwana implying all are well over 90 million years old. The highest diversity of Proteaceae subfamilies is in Australia.

MagnoliidaeProteanaeProtealesProteaceaeGrevilleoideaeRoupaleaeHeliciinaeHeliciaHelicia ferruginea