Eastern Bellarine Plains indigenous plants

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

Drooping SheokeZone 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.


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: Thursday, 3 November 2016
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