Native plants

Kangaroo Island provides habitat that is both unique and vital for numerous native plant species.

Big-headed riceflower

Name: Big-headed riceflower
Scientific name: Pimelea macrostegia
Regional status: Endemic
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Kangaroo Island bertya

Name: Kangaroo Island bertya
Scientific name: Bertya rotundifolia
Regional status: Endemic
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Kangaroo Island conesticks

Name: Kangaroo Island conesticks
Scientific name: Petrophile multisecta
Regional status: Endemic
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Kangaroo Island narrow leaf mallee

Name: Kangaroo Island narrow leaf mallee
Scientific name: Eucalyptus cneorifolia
Regional status: Least concern
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Kangaroo Island phebalium

Name: Kangaroo Island phebalium
Scientific name: Leionema equestre
Regional status: Endemic
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Kangaroo Island silver bush

Name: Kangaroo Island silver bush
Scientific name: Adenanthos macropodianus
Regional status: Endemic
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Leafless pink-bells

Name: Leafless pink-bells
Scientific name: Tetratheca halmaturina
Regional status: Endemic
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Pink eyes

Name: Pink eyes
Scientific name: Tetratheca insularis
Regional status: Endemic
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Rogers grevillea

Name: Rogers grevillea
Scientific name: Grevillea lavandulacea ssp. rogersii
Regional status: Endemic
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Round-leaf correa

Name: Round-leaf correa
Scientific name: Correa backhouseana var. orbicularis
Regional status: Endemic
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Small flowered olearia

Name: Small flowered olearia
Scientific name: Olearia microdisca
Regional status: Endemic
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Tates grass tree

Name: Tates grass tree
Scientific name: Xanthorrhoea semiplana ssp. tateana
Regional status: Rare
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Yellow bush-pea

Name: Yellow bush-pea
Scientific name: Pultenaea villifera var. glabrescens
Regional status: Endemic
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Threats to native species

  • Native vegetation clearance and declining ecosystem health of remnant populations
  • Fragmentation of ecosystems
  • Grazing impacts
  • Pests and weeds, such as Phytophthora
  • Inappropriate fire regimes
  • Unnatural water regimes
  • Water pollution
  • Tourism and recreation use of natural resources
  • Climate change
  • Urban growth (including domestic animals such as cats)

How you can help

Planting locally indigenous plants on your property is a great way to help these species. The Coastal Gardens planting guide will assist with your planning. The Kangaroo Island Native Plant Nursery offers a variety of plants indigenous to the island which can be used for re-vegetating land, windbreaks, coastal plantings and home garden use.

Privately owned bush blocks complement conservation areas in providing habitat for native plants and can be formally protected through a heritage agreement.

What we’re doing

The Kangaroo Island nationally threatened plant project is growing and planting seedlings with the aim of restoring threatened plant species habitat.

More information

  • Kangaroo Island native plant nursery coordinator
    22b Telegraph Road, Kingscote
    (08) 8553 4444
    kinrc@sa.gov.au