Forest Terminology Explained


While undertaking research, you or your students may come across some terms that may need explaining, so we have made it easy for you below. 

*FURTHER INFORMATION: The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (ABARES) has produced an "Australia's forests and forestry glossary" (2020) found here -

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Dwarf forms of eucalypts that have several stems which grow above ground level from a lignotuber, and generally grow up to ten metres high and on shallow infertile soils.

Monocotyledons (monocots)

One of the two sub classes of flowering plants. There is one (mono) cotyledon or seed leaf present in the seeds of these plants.


One type or species of plant cultivated in an area, for example plantations of a single species of tree.

Multiple use forest management

Forest management of an area for a balanced range of different uses such as wood production, recreation, water catchment protection and flora & fauna preservation.