Batesford, Granitic and Tertiary Sands indigenous plants

This information sheet details the indigenous plants that thrive in the granitic and tertiary sands of Batesford.

Zone 12 Consists of poor to moderately fertile soils including sands, gravels and clays that are prone to erosion. The gently sloping hills to flats include gullies and are mostly moderately drained. The average rainfall is 50 - 55 centimetres.

This area was characterised by open woodland dominated by River Red Gum, Manna Gum and Drooping Sheoke. The predominantly grassy understorey also consisted of shrubby and heathy species.

Dog Rocks (Batesford) and the surrounding granitic sands area is rockier and has less topsoil and consequently, Sheoke and Wattle species were more common.

Cherry Ballart and isolated patches of Yellow Gum were prominent on drier areas while watercourses were lined with Blackwood, River Red Gum and various Tea-tree species.

Many shrub species such as the Dogwood, Drooping Cassinia, Silver Banksia and Parrot-pea were restricted to well drained areas.

Kangaroo Grass was the dominant grass species with other groundcover species including Spreading Eutaxia, Common Everlasting and Common Correa being restricted to the drier areas.

Tree Species
Common name Botanical name
Size (H x W m)
1 2 3
Lightwood Acacia implexa 5-15 4-7 Y Y -
Black Wattle Acacia mearnsii 8-25 6-10 Y Y YH
Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon 5-30 4-15 - - Y
Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha 3-10 2-5 Y Y -
Black Sheoke Allocasuarina littoralis 4-8 2-5 - Y -
Drooping Sheoke Allocasuarina verticillata 4-11 3-6 Y - YR
River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis 15-35 15-35 - Y Y
Yellow Gum Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp connata 10 20 Y X -
Swamp Gum Eucalyptus ovata 8-30 8-20 - X -
Manna Gum Eucalyptus viminalis 10-20 8-15 Y Y -
Cherry Ballart Exocarpos cupressiformis 3-8 3-5 Y - -
Shrub Species
Gold-dust Wattle Acacia acinacea 2.5 2-4 Y - -
Hedge Wattle Acacia paradoxa 2-4 2-5 Y Y YD
Silver Banksia Banksia marginata 1-10 1-5 Y - -
Sweet Bursaria Bursaria spinosa var macrophylla 2-6 2-3 Y - -
River Bottlebrush Callistemon sieberi  3-10 2-6 - - X
Dogwood Cassinia aculeata 2-4 1-2 Y - -
Drooping Cassina Cassinia arcuata 1-3 1-2 Y - -
Common Correa Correa reflexa 0.3 1-2 X - -
Grey Parrot-pea Dillwynia cinerascens 1.5 1.5 Y - -
Showy Parrot-pea Dillwynia sericea 1-5 1-5 Y - -
Eutaxia Eutaxia diffusa 1.2 1.2 Y - -
Hemp-Bush Gynatrix pulchella 2-4 1.5-3 - - X
Burgan Kunzea ericoides 2-5 2-4 Y - -
Prickly Tea-tree Leptospermum 2-5 2-4 - Y Y
Woolly Tea-tree Leptospermum lanigerum 2-6 1-3 - - X
River Tea-tree Leptospermum obovatum 2-4 1.5-2 - - X
Common Boobialla Myoporum insulare (plains form) 1-6 3 YU - -
Rough Bush-pea Pultenaea scabra 1-2 1.5 X - -
Kangaroo Apple Solanum laciniatum 1-3 1-3 Y - -
Groundcover and Tussock Species
Common Everlasting Chrysocephalum apiculatum 0.3 1-2 Y - -
Eutaxia Eutaxia microphylla 0.5 1.5 Y - -
Kangaroo Grass Themeda triandra 0.3 0.3 Y - -
D - drier sites
H - higher banks
R - river banks (drier sites)
S - species that prefer sandy soils
U - uncommon
X - species once occurred in this area
Y - species is present in areas of remnant vegetation

1=Well drained slopes etc; 2=Poorly drained slopes; 3=Watercourses


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Acknowledgements: David Perry DSE and Mark Trengove

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Page last updated: Thursday, 13 December 2018

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