22 Silver-leaf Stringybark Heathy Woodland (EVC 48)


Community structure 

Low eucalypt woodland to 10m high dominated by Eucalyptus cephalocarpa (Silver-leaf Stringybark), often with E. radiata (Narrow-leaf Peppermint), lacking a secondary tree layer. The middle layer supports a diverse range of narrow-leafed or short pointy-leafed shrubs such as Leptospermum continentale (Prickly Tea-tree), Allocasuarina paludosa (Swamp She-oke) or Hakea ulicina (Furze Hakea). Frequent fire will reduced this layer to a dense cover of bracken. The dense or sparse ground cover consists of many sedges and a varity of small shrubs, herbs, annuals, grasses and creepers. Many species of limited or rare distribution within the Shire occur in this community, including a large number of orchids. 


Localised occurrences at low altitude on exposed slopes and ridges, especially in the south west of the Shire but also from Monbulk in patches through to Wesburn. An isolated occurrence is found in Chum Creek. The community is generally associated with nutrient-poor soils including deep uniform sands and gravel. Soils tend to be moist and may be inundated or hold water over the winter, drying out in summer. 

Typical suburbs/areas occurring in this EVC are: Lysterfield, Belgrave South, Kilsyth, Montrose, Selby, Monbulk, Macclesfield, Yellingbo, Hoddles, Creek, Launching Place, Gladysdale, Yarra Junction, Wesburn, Chum Creek. 

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