Coastal Plants of the Burdekin Dry Tropics

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Coastal Plants of the Burdekin Dry Tropics has been co-produced by NQ Dry Tropics and Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated, with cultural information provided by the Manbarra (Palm Island) Traditional Owner group.

The purpose of this book is two fold. Firstly it is to provide information about our delicate coastal plant environments and the cultural values associated with them. Secondly, but no less importantly, it is to encourage local coastal residents to use these beautiful native plants in their own backyard coastal environments. The plants included are examples of the native flora found in the Dry Tropics Catchments, spanning from Bowen in the south to Crystal Creek in the north.

An important way that we can significantly help our coastal areas is by planting local native species into our surrounding gardens instead of planting exotic species. This book is designed to help coastal residents do that by identifying local native plants suitable for their yard and lifestyle. All plants are local provenance and most of these can be easily grown in gardens (depending on size of gardens, soil types and other factors). The importance of planting natives in your garden and why our coastal ecosystems need your help is explained.

The beauty and unique features of each plant are described within this book. Also within this guide is important information at a glance, including what types of native fauna you can attract into your garden by planting particular plant species. By using the keys and the table, you will be able to find suitable plants for your yard and be on your way to creating a beautiful, native garden that will form an important part of the local coastal ecology. And don’t forget to have a look for these native plants next time you go for a walk on the beach – check out the Coastal Zones to see what the different zones are and which plants you might find there!

Places to obtain local native plants for your garden:

Savanna Nursery - Phone (07) 4721 4077

Greening Australia, Pimlico TAFE Trading Thursdays 12-4pm and 9am - 1pm every first and third Saturdays of the month. Desailly Street Pimlico (07) 4796 0444

Black River Nursery 6 Bowden Road Black River (07) 4778 6388

Coastal Plants of the Burdekin Dry Tropics Includes:

Acacia crassicarpa
Beach Wattle
Acacia flavescens
Toothed Wattle
Alphitonia excelsa
Soap Tree
Avicennia marina
Grey Mangrove
Bauhinia hookeri
Hooker's Bauhinia
Canarium australianum
Melville Island White Beech
Casuarina equisetifolia
Beach She Oak
Ceriops tagal
Yellow Mangrove
Corymbia tessellaris
Moreton Bay Ash
Cupaniopsis anacardioides
Beach Tamarind
Ficus opposita
Sandpaper Fig
Hibiscus tiliaceus
Cottonwood or Beach Hibiscus
Livistona drudei
Drude's Cabbage Palm
Macaranga tanarius
Heart Leaf
Melaleuca dealbata
Swamp Tea Tree
Millettia pinnata
Mimusops elengi
Red Coondoo
Morinda citrifolia
Rotten Cheese Fruit Tree
Pandanus tectorius
Screw Palm
Planchonia careya
Cocky Apple
Pleiogynium timorense
Burdekin Plum
Polyalthia nitidissima
Canary Beech
Premna serratifolia
Creek Premna
Sterculia quadrifida
Peanut tree
Terminalia cattapa
Sea Almond
Thespesia populnoides
Portia Tree
Caesalpinia bonduc
Nicker Nut
Clerodendrum floribundum
Clerodendrum inerme
Coastal Lollybush
Crotalaria medicaginea
Trefoil Rattlepod
Eugenia reinwardtiana
Cedar Bay Cherry
Exocarpos latifolius
Beach Cherry
Flueggia virosa
White Currant
Sophora tormentosa
Silver Bush
Tabernaemontana orientalis
Banana Bush
Vitex trifolia
Beach vitex
Ground Covers and Creepers
Canavalia rosea
Beach bean
Cassytha filiformis
Dodder Laurel
Enchylaena tomentosa
Ruby Salt Bush
Haloscarcia spp
Ipomoea pes-caprae
Goat's Foot Morning Glory
Jasminum simplicifolium
Beach Jasmine
Sarcocornia quinqueflora
Sesuvium portulacastrum
Sea Purslane
Setaria surgens
Pigeon Grass
Spinifex sericeus
Beach Spinifex
Sporobolus virginicus
Saltwater Couch
Suaeda australis
Thuarea involuta
Birds beak Grass
Vitex rotundifolia
Creeping Vitex