Limestone Plains and Hills indigenous plants

This information sheet covers the indigenous plants found in the Geelong, Grovedale and Waurn Ponds limestone plains and hills areas.
 

Zone 7 Consists of moderately fertile loam soils on limestone. It is gently sloping to flat with some escarpments and gullies and poor to moderate drainage. The average rainfall is 55 - 60 centimetres.

This area was characterised by a woodland community dominated by Drooping Sheoke, Yellow Gum and Swamp Gum, with a shrubby and grassy understorey. Understorey species included a variety of Wattle species, Silver Banksia and scattered Boobialla.

Kangaroo Grass would have been commonly found growing among Eucalypt (Yellow Gum and Swamp Gum) and Sheoke species through much of the drier areas. Tussock Grass grew among the other Eucalypt species (River Red Gum and Manna Gum) on low lying wetter areas and along watercourses.

Tree Species
Common name Botanical name
Size (H x W m)
1 2
Lightwood Acacia implexa 5-15 4-7 Y -
Black Wattle Acacia mearnsii 8-25 6-10 Y -
Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon 5-30 4-15 Y Y
Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha 3-10 2-5 Y -
Black Sheoke Allocasuarina littoralis 4-8 2-5 X -
Drooping Sheoke Allocasuarina verticillata 4-11 3-6 Y -
River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis 12-35 15-35 - Y
Yellow Gum Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp connata 10-20 6-20 Y -
Swamp Gum Eucalyptus ovata 8-20 8-20 Y Y
Manna Gum Eucalyptus viminalis 10-20 8-15 -

YS

Cherry Ballart Exocarpos cupressiformis 3-8 3-5 Y X
Moonah Melaluca lanceolata 1-8 3-6 X

YP

Shrub Species
Silver Wattle Acacia dealbata 6-15 5-10 - Y
Hedge Wattle Acacia paradoxa 2-4 2-5 Y -
Coast Wirilda Acacia retinodes var. uncifolia 4-8 3-5

YL

-
Prickly Moses Acacia verticillata 2-6 3-5 - Y
Silver Banksia Banksia marginata 1-10 1-5 Y -
Sweet Bursaria Bursaria spinosa var macrophylla 2-6 2-3 Y Y
Dogwood Cassinia aculeata 2-4 1-2 Y -
Shrub Everlasting Chrysocephalum ferrugineus 2-6 1-3 - Y
Smooth Parrot-pea Dillwynia glaberrima 1-2 1-2 Y -
Hop Goodenia Goodenia ovata 1-2.5 1-3 Y -
Woolly Tea-tree Leptospermum lanigerum 2-6 1-3 - Y
Common Boobialla Myoporum insulare 1-6 3 Y -
Sticky Boobialla Myoporum viscosum 0.5-2 1.5-2 Y -
Kangaroo Island Pomaderris Pomaderris halmaturina ssp. continentis 1-3 1-2 YU -
Groundcover and Tussock Species
Black Anther Flax-lily Dianella revoluta 0.3 1.5-2.0 Y -
Tussock Grass Poa labillardieri 0.8 0.8 - Y
Kangaroo Grass Themeda triandra 0.3 0.3 Y -
L - only on limestone, for example: Waurn Ponds
P - possibly on escarpments
S - on sandy alluvial deposits
X - species once occurred in this area
Y - species is present in areas of remnant vegetation

1=Hills and drier sites;  2=Poorly drained areas and watercourses


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Acknowledgements: David Perry DSE and Mark Trengove

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Page last updated: Monday, 26 November 2018

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