Under storey plants

Plants of the under storey may be long lived like Acacia melanoxylon - the Blackwood, which is a fast growing tree with a heavy canopy.

Acacia melanoxylonsm

 

Acacia melanoxylon -Blackwood

Acacia melanoxylon is found in damp areas preferably on deep soils . It grows to 30m  with hard dark fissured bark. Leaves are flattened stems called phyllodes, fruit are pale brown pods that become twisted with a red funicle that supports and  surrounds the seed. Timber is a hardwood prized for timber.

A.melanoxylon seeds sm.crop

Acacia melanoxylon  seeds

 

Solanum aviculare  Kangaroo apple: The kangaroo apple acts as a pioneer plant in the transition of the pasture to damp forest. It is not a permanent member of the habitat but regenerates quickly. These plants have sprung up naturally from dormant seed or may be distributed by birds.

The  pioneer community will gradually change the environment by increasing humidity, shelter and  humus in the soil and decreasing temperature fluctuations.

07.1Solanum aviculare

The shrubs vary from 1 to 3 metres .  Leaves are shiny dark green, either undivided or with several lobes. Flowers are pale to deep mauve, fruit are orange to red and when were a source of food for Indigenous people.

Acacia verticillata, Prickly Moses: