panorama of the regeneration area north of Recreation Road
Yesterday afternoon we had a quick visit into Canadian Regional Park and the common heath is looking beautiful. Don’t forget if you are interested in the latest on what is happening in our newest park come along to the meeting at the Earth Ed Centre, Olympic Ave Mt Clear at 7pm on Wednesday night. FoCC Woowookarung Regional Park forum
sunlight through the trees
Epacris impressa – Common Heath
Two grass-trees grow in Canadian Regional Park. Austral Grass-tree Xanthorhoea austalis is wide spread in the park with Small Grass-tree Xanthorhoea minor in a few areas. In some areas these two species grow in close proximity.
Austral Grass-trees develop a trunk as they grow where as the Small Grass-tree stem is mainly below ground level.
||Flowering section longer than stem.
||Flowering section shorter than stem.
||Blue-green with whitish bloom.
||Trunk may branch.
||Several tufts of leaves at ground level.
Austral Grass-tree on left with skirt of dead leaves covering trunk. Small Grass-tree on right with several tufts of leaves.
Parks Victoria conducted a cool burn in Canadian (Woowookarung) Regional Park on 9 May 2017. The crew involved are commended for the environmental awareness.
Austral Grass-trees were individually ignited. The fuel load was reduced by burning the dry skirts without damaging Common Heath flowering near by.
Cool burn of Austral Grass-tree skirts
This should reduce the heat of future burns and prevent the damage done to hollow trees as seen in a hot burn in 2015.