Vegetation zones in the Lammermoor Native Gardens: section 4
Poplar Gum woodland
In this section you leave the low land around the creek and walk up a low ridge and pass through a grassy woodland with a canopy dominated by Poplar Gums and scattered Moreton Bay Ash. The mid-layer of shrubby plants is sparse allowing native grasses to dominate the ground layer, the open canopy also allows a variety of native ground flowers to flourish. Woodlands of this type have evolved as an adaptation to regular, but not frequent, fires, poplar gum woodland has been extensively cleared in coastal areas and only about 10% remains in our region.
The first part of the track is at the bottom of a low ridge and has accumulated more humus and retains more moisture than further up the slope, because of this the vegetation is somewhat thicker. You will also notice a change in the plant species as those that prefer conditions closer to the creek give way to species that prefer the drier, less fertile, hillside above.
The track then winds up into more open woodland, in the past this area was cleared but the plants have regrown and, with care, will develop into a mature woodland. The soil here is thin and infertile and composed mainly of the degraded bedrock of sedimentary deposits, these deposits were laid down about 400 million years ago when the Australian land mass was part of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana.
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  - 4: Poplar gum woodland
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Eucalyptus platyphylla
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Malurus melanocephalus 
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