Eastern Bellarine Plains indigenous plants

This information sheet covers the Indented Head, St Leonards and Murradoc areas of the Bellarine Peninsula.

Zone 1 consists of recent alluvial loam soils of moderate fertility, which are gently sloping and well drained. The average rainfall is 62 centimetres.

This area was once predominantly an open woodland community that also included an understorey made up of various shrubs and grasses. Dominant tree species of Manna Gum and Drooping Sheoke grew alongside other species including River Red Gum, Yellow Gum and Cherry Ballart.

Shrubs such as Hop Goodenia and Silver Banksia formed most of the taller understorey community. Smaller species included Kangaroo Grass, Common Everlasting and Black Anther Flax-lily.

In sandy areas understorey species of Hop Bitter-pea, Prickly Tea-tree and Varnish Wattle were found, while in damper areas Tussock Grass grew. Creeklines were characterised by dense stands of River Red Gum and Blackwood.

Drooping Sheoke
Tree Species
Common name Botanical name
Size (H x W m)
1 2
Lightwood Acacia implexa 5-15 4-7 Y -
Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha 3-10 2-5 Y -
Black Wattle Acacia mearnsii 8-25 6-10 Y -
Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon 5-30 4-15 Y Y
Black Sheoke Allocasuarina littoralis 4-8 2-5 YS -
Drooping Sheoke Allocasuarina verticillata 4-11 3-6 Y -
River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis 12-35 15-35 Y Y
Yellow Gum Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp bellarinensis 10-20 6-20 Y -
Swamp Gum Eucalyptus ovata 8-30 8-20 Y -
Manna Gum Eucalyptus viminalis 10-20 8-15 YS -
Cherry Ballart Exocarpos cupressiformis 3-8 3-5 Y -
Moonah Melaleuca lanceolata 1-8 3-8 Y -
Shrub Species
Hedge Wattle Acacia paradoxa 2-4 2-5 Y -
Sweet Wattle Acacia suaveolens 1-3 2-5 XS -
Varnish Wattle Acacia verniciflua 3-5 3-5 X -
Silver Banksia Banksia marginata 1-10 1-5 Y -
Sweet Bursaria Bursaria spinosa var macrophylla 2-6 2-3 Y -
Hop Bitter-pea Daviesia latifolia 1-3 1-2 Y -
Giant Hop-bush Dodonaea viscosa 1-3 1-3 Y -
Hop Goodenia Goodenia ovata 1-2.5 1-3 Y -
Prickly Tea-tree Leptospermum continentale 1-4 1-2 Y Y
Coast Beard-heath Leucopogon parviflorus 1-4 2-3 Y -
Common Boobialla Myoporum insulare 1-6 3 Y -
Shrub Everlasting Ozothamnus ferrugineus 2-6 1-3 Y Y
Kangaroo Apple Solanum laciniatum 1-3 1-3 Y -
Groundcover and Tussock Species
Dwarf Sheoke Allocasuarina misera 0.5 1-2 YS -
Berry Saltbush Atriplex semibaccata 0.1-0.3 1-3 Y -
Common Everlasting Chrysocephalum apiculatum 0.3 1-2 Y -
Black Anther Flax-lily Dianella revoluta 0.5 1.5-2.0 Y -
Common Beard-heath Leucopogon virgatus 0.3-1 0.2-0.6 YS -
Tussock Grass Poa labillardieri 0.8 0.8 - Y
Kangaroo Grass Themeda triandra 0.3 0.3 Y -
Sea Berry Saltbush Rhagodia candolleana 2 1-2.5 Y -
Y - species is present in areas of remnant vegetation
X - species once occurred in this area
S - species that prefer sandy soils

1=Plains;  2=Riparian


Local Indigenous Nurseries
  • West Coast Indigenous Nursery: 0425 752 648 or 03 5261 5773 (phone/fax)

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Further Contacts

Acknowledgements: David Perry DSE and Mark Trengove

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Page last updated: Monday, 6 November 2017
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