Native plants

Our native vegetation is important for controlling salinity, erosion, water quality, providing habitat for our amazing wildlife, aesthetics and cultural values.

At least 40 plant species are endemic to Eyre Peninsula (occurs nowhere else in the world). These include a number of wattles such as the Alcock’s Wattle, Chalky Wattle, Whibley’s Wattle, Koppio Wattle and Flat-leaved Wattle.  The West Coast Mintbush is one of several mintbush species that occurs only on Eyre Peninsula. Five eucalypt species only found on Eyre Peninsula include the Darke Peak Mallee, the Cummins Mallee, the Eyre Peninsula Blue Gum and the Crimson (or Port Lincoln) Mallee.

Forty-three percent of our plants have regional conservation significance which means that unless we change our management practices and address the threats that face these species, we will lose them (they will become extinct).

We have two vegetation communities on Eyre Peninsula that are nationally threatened: The Southern Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh and the Eyre Peninsula Blue Gum communities.  

We have also recently begun closely monitoring Red gum communities as part of our groundwater monitoring program associated with the new Water Allocation Plan, read more about it here.

Native plants we are working to protect

Wattles

Chalky wattle

Name: Chalky wattle
Scientific name: Acacia cretacea
Regional status: Endangered
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Fat-leaved wattle

Name: Fat-leaved wattle
Scientific name: Acacia pingulfolia
Regional status: Threatened
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Resin wattle

Name: Resin wattle
Scientific name: Acacia rhetinocarpa
Regional status: Threatened
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Whibleys wattle

Name: Whibleys wattle
Scientific name: Acacia whibleyana
Regional status: Threatened
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Other species

Bead samphire

Name: Bead samphire
Scientific name: Tecticornia flabelliformis
Regional status: Threatened
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Ironstone Mulla Mulla

Name: Ironstone Mulla Mulla
Scientific name: Ptilotus beckerianus
Regional status: Threatened
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Prickly raspwort

Name: Prickly raspwort
Scientific name: Haloragis eyreana
Regional status: Endangered
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Silver daisy bush

Name: Silver daisy bush
Scientific name: Olearia pannosa ssp pannossa
Regional status: Vulnerable
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Tufted bush-pea

Name: Tufted bush-pea
Scientific name: Pultenaea trichophylla
Regional status: Threatened
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West Coast mintbush

Name: West Coast mintbush
Scientific name: Prostanthera calycina
Regional status: Threatened
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