June 26th 2016 – Sheoak Woodlands Site planting

56 dedicated volunteers planted 810 plants in a little over two hours!

Hosted by the FoEC, funded by Satterley.

Plains Grassy Woodland Hilltop Area

Site Context

On top of an elevated hilltop with views across the Creek valley and the city of Melbourne to the south. This exposed site comprises heavy clay loams prone to drying out and cracking in hot weather. The site is also adjacent to the Moreland industrial area and a recapped municipal tip. As such, the integrity of the reserve would benefit from screening planting. An ephemeral waterhole is an interesting landscape feature of the site. The exposed location lends itself to Sheoak woodlands which would create a dramatic acoustic effect when the wind blows.

Habitat Objectives

(a) EVC 55 Plains Grassy (She-oak) Woodland: An overstorey dominated by stands of Black Sheoak Allocasuarina littoralis, with scattered Grey Box Eucalyptus microcarpa. Generally shrubby in character, including Gold-dust WattleAcacia acinacea, Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha, Lightwood Acacia implexa, Sweet Bursaria Bursaria spinosa and Drooping Cassinia Cassinia arcuata. The grassy understorey is dominated by Wallaby-grasses and Speargrasses such as Common Wallaby-grass Austrodanthonia caespitosa, Bristly Wallaby-grass Austrodanthonia setacea, Stiped Wallaby-grass Austrodanthonia racemosa and Kneed Spear-grass Austrostipa bigeniculata. Other common species include Windmill Grass Chloris truncata, Kidney-weed Dichondra repens, Blackanther Flax-lily Dianella revoluta and Small-leaved Clematis Clematis microphylla. The presence of chenopods such as Nodding Saltbush Einadia nutans and Ruby Saltbush Enchylaena tomentosa emphasise the dry nature of the community.

Scientific name Common name 26-Jun-16
Acacia acinacae Gold dust wattle 24
Acacia verticillata Prickly moses 6
Acacia melanoxylon Blackwood 6
Acacia paradoxa Hedge wattle 18
Acaena novae-zelandiae Bidgee-widgee 12
Allocasuarina littoralis Black Sheoak 12
Allocasuarina verticillata Drooping sheoak 54
Austrodanthonia caespitosa Common wallaby-grass 48
Astrodanthonia racemosa Stiped wallaby-grass 54
Austrosipa  bigeniculata Kneed Spear-grass 54
Bursaria spinosa Sweet bursaria 6
Chloris truncata Windmill Grass 42
Dodonea viscosa Wedge-leaf hop bush 24
Einadia nutans Nodding saltbush 54
Enchylaena tomentosa Ruby saltbush 54
Eucalyptus camaldulensis River red-gum 3
Eucalyptus melliodora Yellow box 12
Eucalyptus leucoxlyn Yellow gum 12
Rhagodia parabolica Fragrant saltbush 24
Themeda triandra Kangaroo grass 33
Poa labillardieri Common tussock grass 42