Regional Ecosystem 12.2.6 - Scribbly Gum Woodland
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Nov 2022

This ecosystem is found locally on some coastal dunes and beaches as well as swales protected by dunes. It may also be found on coastal plains, fringing lakes and swamps. Soils are generally low nutrient, leached. The Queensland biodiversity status is 'No Concern at Present' and the Vegetation Management Act class is 'Least Concern'.

It is estimated that pre-clearing this ecosystem covered 73,662 ha and 69,695 ha (95%) still remains. Within the Sunshine Coast region remnants are protected on state or council reserve land. 


Scribbly Gum (Eucalyptus racemosa) open forest or woodland with a grassy or shrubby understorey provides habitat for a number of threatened species.

Flora commonly found in this ecosystem include:

Eucalyptus racemosa subsp. racemosa   Scribbly Gum 
Banksia aemula   Wallum Banksia 
Corymbia intermedia  Pink bloodwood 
Corymbia gummifera  Red bloodwood 
Angophora leiocarpa  Smoothbark Apple 
Allocasuarina torulosa  Forest oak 
Dodonaea triquetra   Hop Bush 
Austromyrtus dulcis   Midyim                                  
Xanthorrhoea johnsonii  Forest grass tree 

A large range of heath or rainforest species may form the understorey depending on the dunal or coastal plain location and fire regime.

Habitat for threatened species:

Acacia attenuata  Attenuate Wattle 

Management considerations:

Fire forms part of the regeneration cycle for this ecosystem so it does require a fire regime which ensures continuance of the flora species diversity.

Threats to the maintenance of ecosystem biodiversity are caused by inappropriate recreational use, arson as well as changes in hydrology, i.e. changed levels in the water table.

Some of the common garden weeds regularly removed from this ecosystem include:

Introduced grasses removed from this ecosystem and

Lantana camara  Lantana