Vegetation zones in the Lammermoor Native Gardens: section 1
Paperbark swamp
Paperbark, or Melaleuca swamps are non-tidal, wooded wetlands occurring in or near coastal areas of Queensland. As they occupy the depressions, drainage lines and dune swales of the landscape they can be temporarily flooded with water for three to six months of the year. They are generally dominated by one plant family, the Melaleucas, commonly known as tea-trees or paperbarks, that have adapted to prolonged periods of inundation. There are few mid-layer plants and the ground layer is mainly Marine Couch with patches of Blady Grass.
These wetlands provide nesting and roosting sites for a number of bird and bat species, but are most significant as a food resource for migratory species. By removing contaminants and nutrients they play an important role in filtering water that flows through them.
Coastal melaleuca swamp wetlands are naturally restricted and highly susceptible to threats such as clearing for agricultural, urban and industrial development, fire, weed and pest invasion (especially of Guinea grass) and modification of water flows by man-made structures.
This photo, taken looking back towards the car park, shows the wetlands merging into the beach scrub around the car park. You will see this merging occuring in most of the vegetation zones along the walking track, sharper species delineations occur in areas such as the swale and foredune where conditions change abruptly.
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  LNG Vegetation Zones
  - A: Car Park area
  - B: Lioness Park
  - C: Ivey St. East entrance
  - 1: Paperbark swamp
  - 2: Kedron Park
  - 3: Lammermoor creek
  - 4: Poplar gum woodland
  - 6: Beach scrub
  - 7: Secondary dune
  - 8: Foredune
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  Plants in this zone  
  Paper-barked tea-tree
Melaleuca quinquenervia
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  Birds in this zone  
  Brown Honeyeater
Lichmera indistincta
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  Butterflies at Lammermoor  
  Blue Tiger
Tirumala hamata
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