Orchid Picture

lora
There are over six hundred native plant species recorded in the park, many extremely rare.  This is due to the park's varying habitats - from open forest and low open forest with thick understorey, to pockets of open scrub, open heath, woodland and grassland (due to clearing and grazing), and some swamps and bogs. The numerous creeklines provide their own diverse habitats throughout.

The park contains many of the eucalypt species native to the ranges.  Also among the larger trees are casuarinas, acacias and Native Cherry.  The understorey includes banksias, grevilleas and hakeas, and many other shrub species.Various species of orchids flower throughout the year, but are particularly abundant in spring, when you are likely to see Trigger plants, native lilies, heaths and the Hills Daisy. Fungi are common and native grasses are well distributed in the uncleared bush.

Matt Turner of the Urban Forest Biodiversity Program has prepared a summary table of plants in NPWSA reserves which are of significant conservation value in the Southern Mt Lofty Ranges. The table highlights the importance of Scott Creek Conservation Park.

   

Sticky DodoneaHop Bush

Dodonaea viscosa grows in woodland and flowers in spring and early summer.

Here you can see its curious and attractive seedpods.

 
 

Twining Fringe-lily

The Twining Finge-lily is common in the park, particularly in the sandier western side. It flowers in spring.

Twining Fringe Lily
 
  Common Ever Lasting

Chrysocephalum apiculatium

The Common Everlasting, which also flowers
in spring.

 

Leptospermum myrsinoides

Heath Tea Tree is very common throughout the park, but only becomes really obvious when it flowers in spring, and it seems to cover whole hill sides.

Heath Tea Tree
  Wahlenberia luteola

Wahlenbergia luteola

The Bluebell gives an impression of great delicacy.

 
 

Hibbertia sericea

The Silky Guinea-flower is one of five Hibbertias which occur in the park - the others are H. exutiacies (the Common) ; H. riparia complex (the Erect) ; H.aff. riparia 'needlepoint' (the Needle-leaf) and H. virgata (the Twiggy guinea-flower.)

Hibertia sericea
  Slaty Sheoak

Allocasuarina muelleriana

The Slaty Sheoak is a small, rather ill formed shrub. The cones have an unusual point at the end. This plant has been often been used in our replantings, and needs some initial protection due to the kangaroos, which seem to find it a rather tasty bush!

 
   
 
 

Convolvulus remotus

Australian Bindweed has an unfortunate look about it - most people might regard it as a "pretty weed". It's found in grassy woodland and can be seen near the Almanda mine site.

Australian Bindweed - Convolvulus remotus
  Senecio hypoleucus

Senecio hypoleucus

The Pale Senecio occurs near the wetter parts of the park, where two natural hybrids occur - one with with Senecio pterophorus and the other with Senecio tenuiflorus.

 

Astroloma humifusum

Native cranberry is common throughout the park. It forms broad flat mats, from which the bright red flowers stand out.

It's long flowering period and cheerful colouring make it a favorite with bush walkers and birds.

Native Cranberry

Except where otherwise noted, the photographs on this page are by John Fleming and are taken from his excellent personal website, which includes pictures and information about Black Hill and Morialta Conservation Parks.

FOSCCP also has a second flora page which contains photographs of both rare and common flora.

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