Moolap Plains indigenous plants

This information sheet covers the indigenous plants in Moolap, Point Henry, Whittington, Newcomb and Limeburners Point.

Zone 5 consists of moderately fertile alluvial loam soils with some sands, gravels and clays. It is mostly flat with poor to moderate drainage. The average rainfall is 50 - 55 centimetres.

This area was once predominantly an open woodland community that also included an understorey of various shrubs and grasses. Dominant tree species such as the River Red Gum, Swamp Gum and Drooping Sheoke grew alongside other species including Blackwood, Cherry Ballart and Golden Wattle.

Shrub species of Sticky Boobialla, Sweet Bursaria and Silver Banksia formed most of the middle storey. The ground storey was dominated by Kangaroo Grass, associated species included Grey Parrot-pea, Smooth Parrot-pea and Flax-lily.

In riparian and damper areas, Golden Spray, Sweet Bursaria and Hop Goodenia grew while Common Tussock Grass dominated the ground storey.

Tree species
Common name Botanical name Size
(height by width in metres)
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
Drooping Sheoke Allocasuarina verticillata 4-11 3-6 - Y
River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis 12-35 15-35 Y Y
Swamp Gum Eucalyptus ovata 8-30 8-20 Y Y
Cherry Ballart Exocarpos cupressiformis 3-8 3-5 - Y
Shrub species
Gold-dust Wattle Acacia acinacea 0.5-2.5 2-4 - Y
Hedge Wattle Acacia paradoxa 2-4 2-5 Y Y
Silver Banksia Banksia marginata 1-10 1-5 - Y
Sweet Bursaria Bursaria spinosa var macrophylla 2-6 2-3 Y Y
Grey Parrot-pea Dillwynia cinerascens 0.6 1.5 - Y
Smooth Parrot-pea Dillwynia glaberrima 1-2 1-2 - Y
Hop Goodenia Goodenia ovata 1-2.5 1-3 Y Y
Common Boobialla Myoporum insulare 1-6 3 - Y
Sticky Boobialla Myoporum viscosum 0.5-2 1.5-2 - Y
Shrub Everlasting Ozothamnus ferrugineus 2-6 1-3 Y Y
Sea Berry Saltbush Rhagodia candolleana 2 1-2.5 - Y
Kangaroo Apple Solanum laciniatum 1-3 1-3 - Y
Golden Spray Viminaria juncea 2.5-5 2 Y -
Groundcover and tussock species
Berry Saltbush Atriplex semibaccata 0.1-0.3 1-3 - Y
Black Anther Flax-lily Dianella revoluta 0.5 1.5-2.0 Y -
Tussock Grass Poa labillardieri 0.8 0.8 - Y
Kangaroo Grass Themeda triandra 0.3 0.3 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

Further Contacts

Acknowledgements: David Perry DSE and Mark Trengove

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Page last updated: Monday, 14 December 2020