Meredith and Steiglitz indigenous plants

This information sheet details the indigenous plants within zone 13 of the Geelong region.

Zone 13 Consists of mostly Ordovician geology with poor fertility soils including shale, slate, siltstone and sandstone. The gently sloping to steep hills includes gullies and escarpments and is prone to erosion. The average rainfall is 60 - 65 centimetres.

The nearby Brisbane Ranges National Park is a good indication of the area’s indigenous species. The woodlands of Red Stringybark, Messmate Stringybark, Broadleaf Peppermint and Red Ironbark are examples of the main tree species that once grew in much of this area. Woodlands of Manna Gum and Swamp Gum were also common. The open woodland in the area now have a relatively open understorey due to the grazing by stock over many years.

Groundcover species such as Tussock Grass, Kangaroo Grass and Common Everlasting as well as smaller shrubs such as Dusty Miller, Large-leaf Bush-pea and Prickly Geebung are examples of plants that made up the understorey.

For a more comprehensive list of indigenous plants in the Meredith-Steiglitz area refer to the Brisbane Ranges National Park Plant List available from Parks Victoria.

Tree Species
Common name Botanical name
Size (H x W m)
1 2
Lightwood Acacia implexa 5-15 4-7 Y YU
Black Wattle Acacia mearnsii 8-25 6-10 YU Y
Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon 5-30 4-15 Y Y
Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha 3-10 2-5 Y YU
Black Sheoke Allocasuarina littoralis 4-8 2-5 Y Y
Drooping Sheoke Allocasuarina verticillata 4-11 3-6 Y -
Scent-bark Eucalyptus aromaphloia 12-20 7-15 Y -
River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis 15-35 15-35 - Y
Broad-leaf Peppermint Eucalyptus dives 8-25 6-15 Y -
Long-leaf Box Eucalyptus goniocalyx 8-20 6-15 Y -
Yellow Gum Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp connata 10-20 6-20 - Y
Red Stringybark Eucalyptus macrorhyncha 10-35 10-20 Y -
Grey Box Eucalyptus microcarpa 10-25 10-15 - YL
Messmate Eucalyptus obliqua 4-70 6-35 Y -
Swamp Gum Eucalyptus ovata 8-30 8-20 - Y
Snow Gum Eucalyptus pauciflora 8-12 6-10 YU -
Red Box Eucalyptus polyanthemos 7-25 5-15 Y -
Narrow-leaf Peppermint Eucalyptus radiata 10-30 6-30 Y -
Candlebark Eucalyptus rubida 10-25 10-20 Y -
Red Ironbark Eucalyptus tricarpa 10-30 10-20 Y -
Manna Gum Eucalyptus viminalis 10-20 8-15 - Y
Cherry Ballart Exocarpos cupressiformis 3-8 3-5 Y -
Moonah Melaleuca lanceolata 1-8 3-6 Y -
Shrub Species
Silver Wattle Acacia dealbata 6-15 5-10 - Y
Hedge Wattle Acacia paradoxa 2-4 2-5 Y -
Varnish Wattle Acacia verniciflua 3-5 3-5 YU -
Silver Banksia Banksia marginata 1-10 1-5 Y Y
Sweet Bursaria Bursaria spinosa var macrophylla 2-6 2-3 Y Y
River Bottlebrush Callistemon sieberi 3-10 2-6 - Y
Dogwood Cassinia aculeata 2-4 1-2 Y -
Common Correa Correa reflexa 0.3-2 1-2 Y -
Narrow-leaf Bitter-pea Daviesia leptophylla 1-2 1-2 Y -
Gorse Bitter-pea Daviesia ulicifolia 1.5 1-2 Y -
Hop Goodenia Goodenia ovata 1-2.5 1-3 - Y
Golden Grevillea Grevillea chrysophaea 1 1-2 YU -
Rosemary Grevillea Grevillea rosmarinifolia 1-3 2-3 Y Y
Steiglitz Grevillea Grevillea steiglitziana 1.5 2 X -
Bushy Needlewood Hakea sericea 2-5 1-3 Y -
Shrub Violet Hymenanthera dentata 2-4 1-2.5 - Y
Woolly Tea-tree Leptospermum lanigerum 2-6 1-3 - Y
Heath Tea-tree Leptospermum myrsinoides 0.5-2.5 1 Y -
River Tea-tree Leptospermum obovatum 2-4 1.5-2 - Y
Sticky Boobialla Myoporum viscosum 0.5-2 1.5-2 - Y
Prickly Geebung Persoonia juniperina 0.3-2 0.6-0.8 Y -
Hazel Pomaderris Pomaderris aspera 3-12 2-4 - YR
Snowy Mint-bush Prostanthera nivea 3 2.5 YU YU
Large-leaf Bush-pea Pultenaea daphnoides 1-3 0.5-2 Y -
Dusty Miller Spyridium parvifolium 1-3 1-2 Y -
Groundcover and Tussock Species
Common Everlasting Chrysocephalum apiculatum 0.3 1-2 Y -
Tussock Grass Poa labillardieri 0.8 0.8 - Y
Kangaroo Grass Themeda triandra 0.3 0.3 Y -
L - lower slope
R - riparian
U - uncommon
X - species once occurred in this area
Y - species is present in areas of remnant vegetation

1=Ridges / midslope; 2=Lower slope / riparian


Local Indigenous Nurseries

  • Treehome Nursery: 03 5281 2971
  • Meredith Nursery: 03 5286 1397

Further Contacts



Acknowledgements: David Perry DSE and Mark Trengove

This information sheet is also available in PDF format.






Page last updated: Monday, 4 November 2019

Print