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Plants and Wildlife

The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens is part of a network of regional botanic gardens, which feature the plants of different bioregions and sub-bioregions across Australia.  Each bioregion has different landforms, soils, ecosystems, plants and animals. 

(Note: Bioregion: A region defined by types of natural environment rather than by man-made divisions.)

The gardens feature plants of the South East Queensland bioregion, particularly those found on the Sunshine Coast. This area includes parts of the Southeast Hills and Ranges, Gympie Block, Southern Coastal Lowlands and Great Sandy sub-bioregions.  An ecological system of planting is followed (a method of using living plants from that particular area) with the existing plants and trees and land features of the gardens guiding the selection and location of new planting. Over 400 species of plants were found on the garden’s site before the gardens were developed.

   
 Brachychiton bidwillii [JPG 30KB]  Phaius australis[JPG 37KB]   Phaius tancarvillaea[JPG 28KB]

Endangered species

The gardens play an important role in saving  rare and endangered plant species.  Some of these species are found growing naturally on the site, while others have been planted.

Twenty of the forty-two species that are listed as rare or endangered in the Maroochy area are now protected in the gardens. Twenty-seven other rare or endangered species from the South East Queensland bioregion also grow here.

The rare and threatened floras of the Maroochy area conserved in Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens are:

  • Acacia attenuata
  • Allocasuarina thalassoscopica
  • Alyxia ilicifolia
  • Austromyrtus so (Blackall Range)
  • Austromyrtus inophloia
  • Bertya sharpeana
  • Blandfordia grandiflora
  • Choricarpia subargentea
  • Corynocarpus rupestris sp arborescens
  • Graptophyllum reticulatum
  • Leptospermum oreophilum
  • Macadamis integrifolia
  • Macadamia tetraphylia
  • Phaius australis
  • Phaius tancarvillea
  • Pouteria eerwah
  • Romnalda strobilacea
  • Syzgium hodjkinsoniae
  • Tecomanthe hillii
  • Triunia robusta

Many plant species have labels so visitors can identify them.

Wildlife

     
 Brush-tailed Possum[JPG 8KB]  Variegated Fairy Wren[JPG 9KB]  Green Tree Frog[JPG 10KB]

Images courtesy © Queensland Museum Ray Viljoen Collection 2008

Improving the fauna habitat

The range of plants in the gardens provide habitat (homes) for fauna (wildlife/animals), including species which are threatened and protected by law. The gardens are managed to protect, repair and expand  areas of native vegetation. Fauna habitat is being improved by keeping some fallen logs and branches, replanting native vegetation and keeping large, mature native trees.

Faunawatch lists

The gardens are home to a number of species:

     
 Shining Bronze-Cuckoo[JPG 9KB]  Leaden Flycatcher[JPG 9KB]  Eastern Spinebill[JPG 13KB]

Images courtesy © Queensland Museum Ray Viljoen Collection 2008

The list of fauna was provided by Faunawatch, a community based fauna monitoring program for the Sunshine Coast. The group comprises over 100 observers and is sponsored by the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland - Sunshine Coast and Hinterland Branch.

Last Updated 22-May-14