Mountains

Strathbogie Ranges Revegetation Zone

The vegetation profiles represent a generalised picture of the landscape. Each profile presents a typical landscape sequence. For each landform the following information is listed:

  • a schematic drawing showing the vegetation structure;
  • the main Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs) associated with it;
  • a brief description of the vegetation;
  • a brief description of the associated geology and soils;
  • one or two location examples where intact native vegetation can be observed (if known);
  • a link to a list of plant species grouped into trees, shrubs and groundcovers that are local to the area, suited to similar sites and can be used as a guide for planting projects.

It should be noted that the landforms presented may occur in different sequences in some areas. The profiles have been compiled to represent typical sequences, but these may not be the only ones.

To assist you to identify the appropriate vegetation profile and species list, Understanding Your Planting Profile , is suggested as a first step.


Use the profile name and descriptions to determine the ones most suited to your site. Click on the landform name to view the species list.



The vegetation in the Strathbogie Ranges revegetation zone has been divided into five profiles containing different vegetation types.

Creightons Creek/Merton Gap to Swanpool/Tatong - River Floodplain

Floodplains

GeologyAlluvial, soils sandy clay loam.
EVCFloodplain Riparian Woodland
DescriptionTall River Red Gum woodland along the regularly flooding terraces of large, slow moving rivers.
ExamplesVery few intact sections of this vegetation type remain. Would occur along the Broken Creek and the lower reaches of Hollands and Ryans Creeks.
Species ListFloodplains species list
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Creightons Creek/Merton Gap to Swanpool/Tatong - Mid Catchment

Valleys and Lower Slopes

GeologyAlluvial and colluvial, soils loamy with sandy patches.
EVCValley Grassy Forest
DescriptionOpen forest in fertile, gently sloping valleys of the surrounding dry foothills, has a tall open shrub layer and a dense grassy layer with a range of herbs.
Species ListValleys and Lower Slopes species list


Dry South-facing Slopes

GeologySedimentary and Igneous rock. Soils shallow, skeletal and sometimes rocky.
EVCGrassy Dry Forest
DescriptionOpen forest on south-facing steep dry slopes with a grass dominated ground layer and a sparse shrub layer.
Species ListDry South-facing Slopes species list


Exposed Ridges and Dry North-facing Slopes

GeologySedimentary and Igneous rock. Soils shallow, skeletal and often rocky.
EVCHeathy Dry Forest
DescriptionOpen eucalypt forest on ridges and exposed northerly slopes. The understorey is dominated by low growing heaths and peas, with a sparse ground layer of herbs and grasses.
Species ListExposed Ridges and Dry North-facing Slopes species list
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Creightons Creek/Merton Gap to Swanpool/Tatong - Moist Upper Catchment

Perched Bogs

GeologyIgneous (granite), sandy clay soils with a high organic content remaining moist throughout the year.
EVCPerched Boggy Shrubland
DescriptionShrubland dominated with dense thickets of Prickly Tea-tree, wattles and heaths, and a ground cover of sedges, tussock grasses, ferns and Sphagnum moss.
Species ListPerched Bogs species list


Swampy Drainage Lines

GeologyAlluvium and Colluvium, soils silty to clay loam.
EVCSwampy Riparian Woodland
DescriptionMountain Swamp Gum dominated woodland on poorly drained sections of streams and rivers, with a medium shrub layer of Prickly Tea-tree and wattles over a dense layer of sedges and ferns.
Species ListSwampy Drainage Lines species list


Exposed Steep Slopes

GeologyIgneous rock with soils shallow, skeletal and often stony.
EVCShrubby Dry Forest
DescriptionOpen forest on exposed aspects with a well developed medium to low shrub layer and sparse ground layer often dominated with tussock-forming grasses.
Species ListExposed Steep Slopes species list


Protected Upper Slopes, Steep Gullies and Moist Valleys

GeologyIgneous rock with soils fertile, moist, sandy loam to medium clay.
EVCHerb-rich Foothill Forest
DescriptionTall forest with Blue Gum, Messmate and Peppermints found on protected upper slopes, steep gullies and moist valleys. Understorey consists of a tall open shrub layer over a diverse ground layer of herbs and grasses.
Species ListProtected Upper Slopes, Steep Gullies and Moist Valleys species list
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Tallarook/Highlands to Creightons Creek/Merton Gap - Mid Catchment

Rocky Streams

GeologyAlluvium from granites, soils sandy with granite rocks instream.
EVCRiparian Shrubland
DescriptionShrubland found along sheltered gorges dominated with a diversity of shrubs including River Bottlebrush, Sweet Bursaria, Slender Hop-bush and Varnish Wattle over a mix of rushes, sedges and grasses.
Species ListRocky Streams species list


Granite Hills and Slopes

GeologyIgneous with coarse granitic sandy soils, shallow to medium in depth.
EVCGranitic Hills Woodland
DescriptionOpen woodland dominated by Blakely's Red Gum (at times stunted due to shallow soils), with a medium shrub layer and rich herbaceous ground layer. Usually found on steep exposed slopes with large amounts of granitic outcropping rock.
Species ListGranite Hills and Slopes species list


Valleys and Gentle Slopes

GeologyColluvium derived from various geologies: mixed soils including clays, well drained red brown soils and sands.
EVCValley Grassy Forest
DescriptionOpen forest in fertile, gently sloping valleys of the surrounding dry foothills, has a tall open shrub layer and a dense grassy ground layer with a range of herbs.
Species ListValleys and Gentle Slopes species list


Dry Slopes and Ridges

GeologyGranitic or sedimentary, typically shallow soils.
EVCGrassy Dry Forest
DescriptionOpen forest on dry slopes, with an understorey dominated by grasses, various herbs & a few scattered shrubs.
Species ListDry Slopes and Ridges species list
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Tallarook/Highlands to Creightons Creek/Merton Gap - Moist Upper Catchment

Perched Bogs

GeologyIgneous (granite), sandy clay soils with a high organic content remaining moist throughout the year.
EVCPerched Boggy Shrubland
DescriptionShrubland dominated with dense thickets of Prickly Tea-tree, wattles and heaths, and a ground cover of sedges, tussock grasses, ferns and Sphagnum moss.
Species ListPerched Bogs species list


Swampy Drainage Lines

GeologyAlluvium and Colluvium, soils silty to clay loam.
EVCSwampy Riparian Woodland
DescriptionMountain Swamp Gum dominated woodland on poorly drained sections of streams and rivers, with a medium shrub layer of Prickly Tea-tree and wattles over a dense layer of sedges and ferns.
Species ListSwampy Drainage Lines species list


Protected Slopes

GeologyVarious geologies, soils fertile ranging from sandy loam to medium clay.
EVCHerb-rich Foothill Forest
DescriptionTall forest with Peppermints, Messmates and Blue Gums found on protected upper slopes, steep gullies and moist valleys. Understorey consists of a tall open shrub layer over a diverse ground layer of herbs and grasses.
Species ListProtected Slopes species list


Swift-flowing Streams

GeologyAlluvial and colluvial, soils range between sands and gravels.
EVCRiparian Forest
DescriptionManna Gum dominated forest found along river banks and terraces with a tall understorey layer of Silver Wattles and Blackwoods, and a ground layer of grasses, herbs and ferns.
Species ListSwift-flowing Streams species list
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