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Mountain Ash:
Saplings

Saplings

Saplings
Saplings
Source - Museum Victoria
Musk Daisy Bush
Burnt Musk Daisy Bush resprouting
Source - Museum Victoria
Photographer - Rhys Jones

This is a rapid growth phase when Mountain Ash trees grow to heights of 12 metres within 10 years of germination. Sinker roots develop from the main lateral roots. The mortality rate is still very high, and the density of plants in 16 year old forests is 2,000 plants per hectare. A leaf litter layer forms on the ground.

The abundance of certain invertebrate groups increased after wildfire: mites, springtails and insect larvae. Groups such as isopods and amphipods (crustaceans) recolonise as the leaf litter layer develops. Mammals such as the Agile Antechinus, Antechinus agilis, appear.

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