Warrumbungle National Park

Native vegetation

Grassy woodlands

This community is dominated by white gums (Eucalyptus rossii) and narrow-leafed ironbark (Eucalyptus creba). Black cypress pine (Callitris endlicheri) is also prominent.

The understorey includes sticky daisy bush (Olearia elliptica), cough bush (Casinia quinquefaria), urn heath (Melichrus urceolatus), hovea (Hovea lanceolata) and western golden wattle (Acacia decora).

Look for this plant community on drier slopes on sandstone soils. You'll see this as you walk along the upper section of Spirey Creek towards the Breadknife or at Whitegum Lookout.

Dry eucalypt forests

Grass trees at Exmouth. (Image: T.Lanyon/DECC)The dominant plants in the creek vegetation community are medium-sized trees including rough-barked apple (Angophora floribunda) and river red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis).

The understorey consists of different sized woody shrubs and groundcovers. This layer can sometimes be quite thick and difficult to walk through. Common understorey plants include:

  • western golden wattle (Acacia decora)
  • kangaroo thorn (Acacia paradoxa)
  • coast hickory (Acacia implexa)
  • smooth darling pea (Swainsona galegifolia)
  • clematis (Glycine tabacina)
  • various grasses.

 

This creek community is found alongside creeks in narrow valleys where rock and soil have been deposited from higher slopes. Although there is often little surface water, the creeks tend to be moister and cooler as they are more protected from the sun.

You can see the creek community along Spirey Creek, upstream from Camp Pincham.

Heathlands

This plant community is dominated by low shrubs including knife-leafed wattle (Acacia cultriformis), tick bush (Cryptandra amara), fringed heath myrtle (Micromyrtus sessilis) and species of Kunzea, Phebalium and Platysace. Grasses include kangaroo grass, porcupine grass and native tussock grass.

You'll find this community in exposed rocky areas with very poor, shallow soils such as at the summit of Bluff Mountain.