Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Heath

There are four different heath type vegetation groups in the Newnes Plateau area of the Vegetation types from the Western Blue Mountains

Very shallow areas of soil around the margins of the Plateau and on high rocky tops have heath while the margins of the plateau terminate in characteristic sandstone pagoda formations.

 

 

Sandstone Plateau Tea Tree - Dwarf Sheoak - Banksia Rocky Heath

Key identifying features

  • Plentiful areas of exposed bare rock (usually Narrabeen sandstone), with shallow to skeletal soils and pockets of vegetation.
  • Vegetation predominantly low shrubs with Allocasuarina nana, Leptospermums and other ‘heath’ species. Often has a large number of the dwarf Stylidium lineare in shallow sandy-soil pockets.

Common plant species

For OEH detailed description see the report of the Vegetation of the Western Blue Mountains

Heath

Newnes Plateau Tea Tree - Banksia - Mallee Heath

Key identifying features

  • Heath unit with less Allocasuarina nana, and more Leptospermum and Proteaceae.
  • Typically less rocky than other heath units, with smaller areas of bare and exposed rock.
  • Found mainly on the higher parts of the Newnes Plateau between the southern end of the pine plantations and Clarence Station, but scattered locations elsewhere.

Common plant species

For OEH  detailed description see the report of the Vegetation of the Western Blue Mountains

Newnes Plateau Dwarf Sheoak - Banksia Heath

Key identifying features

Common plant species

For OEH detailed description see the report of the Vegetation of the Western Blue Mountains

Dwarf sheoak banksia heath

Newnes Plateau Rush - Sedge Snow Gum Hollow Wooded Heath

Key identifying features

  • Wetland community with a dense tea tree layer (Leptospermum myrtifolium / Leptospermum obovatum) with Grevillea acanthifolia and Epacris species. The groundcover is dense, dominated by the rush Empodisma, although an array of moisture-loving forbs is also present. Trees are scattered - occasionally clustered - and favour more elevated microtopography.
  • Unlike Newnes Plateau Shrub Swamp community, this is dominated more by Leptospermum - both relatively uncommon in that community.

Common plant species

For OEH detailed description see the report of the Vegetation of the Western Blue Mountains