Cydelia Reserve

EVC 20 -Heathy Dry Forest

Dominated by closely spaced often crooked Brown Stringybark Eucalyptus baxteri and Red Stringybark Eucalyptus macrorhyncha with occasional Long­leaf Box Eucalyptus goniocalyx and Messmate Stringybark Eucalyptus obliqua, this community occurs on the deeper dry sandy areas of the property.

There is a very sparse to non-existent mid-storey.

The ground flora is rich but sparse being dominated by a large variety of native grasses and herbs, lilies and orchids.

Dominant amongst these is Weeping Grass Microlaena stipoides, Mulga Grass Neurachne alopecurioides, Stinking Pennywort Hydrocotyle laxiflora, Waxlip Orchid Glossodia major and Cranberry Heath Astroloma humifusa.

No significant plants were recorded in this community, however fresh regurgitation pellets from the endangered Powerful Owl Ninox strenua (e) were recorded at several sites in this community. (see 4.0 below).

EVC 48 -Heathy Woodland

Occupying the stony soils on the ridges and drier slopes, this community is dominated by medium to large old Brown Stringybark Eucalyptus baxteri, Red Stringybark Eucalyptus macrorhyncha, Long-leaf Box Eucalyptus goniocalyx and stunted Yellow Box Eucalyptus melliodora.

There is a varied mid-story dominated by Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha, Oyster-bay Pine Callitris rhomboidea, Silver Banksia Banksia marginata, often massive old Austral Grass-trees Xanthorrhea australis, Heath Tea-tree Leptospermum myrsinoides and Daphne Heath Brachyloma daphnoides.

The ground flora is very rich, being dominated by a large variety of heathy shrubs particularly Flame Heath Astroloma conostephioides, Pine Heath A pinifolia, Beard Heaths Leucopogon spp, Erect Guinea-flower Hibbertia riparia and Honey Pots Acrotriche serrulata

There is also a good variety of herbs, orchids and lilies growing between the shrubs.

Two significant plants, the nationally vulnerable Spiral Sun Orchid Thelymitra mathewsii (Vv), and the widespread Quinetia Quinetia urvillei (r) were recorded in this community. (see 3.4.1 below).

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