DAINTREE UNDER THREAT
Even in the 21st Century, the Daintree is STILL under threat!

The Daintree Rainforest consists of the region north of the Daintree River and extends some 70km to the Bloomfield River. Much of this land is heavily forested steep mountain slopes and uplands of the coastal range, which is largely the National Park and is not currently under threat of development.

However, the accessible coastal lowlands, which have most of the endangered forest types and constitute less than 5% of the Daintree Rainforest, receive almost all the tourist vistations and the pressure to clear the Rainforest for private home sites.

It is this small area of coastal lowland rainforest, approximately 20,000 Ha, which is home to ninety families of plants - probably the highest diversity of plant families anywhere in the world.

Some of the rarest and most endangered plants in the world live here.

There are 85 of 120 rare and threatened species.

Others of biological importance are found only on private land.

Many of the plants, such as the Idiospermum, have lived here for 120 million years.

Idiospermum Australiense
Idiospermum Australiense:
Idiospermaceae, considered to be the world's most primitive flowering plant. They grow in a few small areas in the Daintree region.


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