Coastal Headland Scrub

 

Wind, salt spray and different soil structure on steep coastal bluffs such as Olivers hill change the nature of the vegetation. Drooping She-Oak, Coast wattle and Boobialla are common but mostly in a low form due to wind pruning. Similarly, Sea box (Alyxia buxifolia), Coast beard heath, White correa and Coast tea-tree grow flattened against the cliff. In this area a stunted form of Hop goodenia (Goodenia ovata) and the pea Eutaxia microphylla are found. Creeping along the ground, Rounded noon flower (Disphyma crassifolium) displays it's bright pink/purple flowers with yellow centres.

Along the headland from Olivers Hill through to Kackeraboite Creek, these plants play a vital role in soil stabilisation and warding off the constant presence of erosion. As a result of some of the erosion, a number of aboriginal middens have been exposed, showing us how the area was once a good food source for these indigenous people. The vegetation is a stabiliser , but also provides habitat for small animals.
 

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Drooping She-Oak

Coast Wattle

Boobialla

Sea Box

Coast Beard Heath

White Correa

Coast Tea-Tree

Hop Goodenia

Pea

Rounded Noon Flower