Plants

Mulla Mulla Grasslands (Bush's Paddock) contains an extension of the Pinkerton Woodland, however there is a cleared paddock between the two areas. The majority of the vegetation on this 45ha paddock is native grasses and herbs.

It was acquired by Melton Council 1990ís as a buffer to the proposed adjacent quarry. In 1999 a WWF grant was received by Council to restore the grassland. A Conservation Covenant was applied by Trust for Nature. PLEG has been co-jointly managing this grassland with Melton Council from this period.

The signature plant thriving in this paddock is Featherheads or Tall Mulla Mulla (Ptilotus macrocephalus)

Plant List for Bush's Paddock  by Doug Frood
All Photos taken on-site by Colin Rowan & Cathy Powers


Ptilotus macrocephalus
(feather-heads)


Stackhousia monogyna
(creamy candles)

Eryngium ovinum
Eryngium ovinum
(Blue Devil)


Pimelia linifolia
(slender rice-flower)

Dianella longifolia
Dianella longifolia
(Plains Flax Lily)

Pelargonium rodneyannum
Pelargonium rodneyannum
(Magenta Storks-bill)

Convolvulus erubescens
Convolvulus erubescens
(Pink Bindweed)

Cudweed
Euchiton invlucratus
(Common Cudweed

Lemon Beauty Heads
Calocephalus citreus
(Lemon Beauty Heads)

Helichrysium apiculatum
Helichrysum apiculatum
(Common Everlasting)

/Bracteantha viscosa
Bracteantha viscosa
(Sticky Everlasting)


Arthropodium strictum
(Chocolate Lily)

Grasses

Chloris truncata (Windmill Grass).
New Shoots (Left),Mature heads (Right)
 


Stipa bigeniculata
(Tall Spear Grass)


Themeda triandra
(Kangaroo Grass)

The Grassy Woodlands


General View - Grassy Woodland

Native Spear Grass
Tricoryne elatior
Tricoryne elatior
(Yellow Rush Lily)

An old rock wall on-site

General View
Walking in the tall grasses.










Einadia nutans
(Nodding Salt Bush)

Low growing,
Microlaeana stipodes
(Weeping Grass  )

Convolvulus
(Twining flower)

Ripe Berries of the Salt Bush

Planting of Grassland species - Organised by Melton Shire

The initial planting of selected native plants were made using a special weed mat, which would hopefully reduce the incidence of weeds and promote the growth of native plants.
Four months later, the field grasses have grown (background) and the special plants in the weed mat have grown well.

Everlasting Daisy










Bracteantha viscosa
(Sticky Everlasting)


Helichrysium apiculatum
(Common Everlasting)

Wahlenbergia communis
(Tufted Bluebell)