Coast Banksia Woodland

 

Woodland can be found on the older dunes at the rear, where there is more protection from the harsh environment. Unfortunately, little remains intact today due to a number of reasons, mainly urbanisation and human impact on the woodlands. Once banksia woodland along the coast reached inland for up to 500 metres. Very changed or degraded Banksia Woodland exists south of the Frankston Life Saving Club, where a canopy is provided by the tall banksia (Banksia integrifolia). Large shrubs of coast tea-tree (Leptospermum laevigatum), boobialla (Myoporum insulare), coast wattle (Acacia longifolia ssp. Sophorae), and coast beard-heath (Leucopogon parviflorus) may grow, with smaller shrubs such as white correa (correa alba) or Seaberry saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana) alongside. Commonly fire retardant bower spinach (Tetragonia complexicoma) forms a thick ground cover around the base of the banksias or over the spreading tea-trees. This variety of vegetation provides a habitat for a wide variety of lizards, birds and invertebrates.

Of course nature does not always follow the vegetation classes perfectly. For example, if a banksia happens to germinate in a fore dune, it will end up being extremely stunted and wind blown, and in fact is likely to have a limited life span.

 

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Coastal Banksia

Coast Tea-Tree

Boobialla

Coastal Wattle

Coast Beard Heath

White Correa

Seaberry Saltbush

Bower Spinach