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Latrobe City Revegetation Guide

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Latrobe City Indigenous Plants

Click for Latrobe City Planting Guide[1] Pdf File

This guide is one useful tool for planning a revegetation project, it contains a general list of indigenous plants suitable for planting in various landscape locations across the Latrobe City. More specific lists for plant selection to match the original vegetation in the Traralgon South area are available on this site.

Vegetation Types

The original vegetation of the district varied according to a range of factors mainly to do with elevation and aspect, which is related to the amount of rainfall and exposure a location will have. Most of the vegetation was cleared in an attempt to establish agriculture but conditions especially at higher elevations proved unsuitable and the land was then either turned into both softwood or hardwood plantation forests or in some cases the land abandoned and recolonised by native vegetation. Most of the land that is still used for farming was originally classed as damp forest, it had a tree cover of Eucalyptus obliqua (Messmate), Eucalyptus viminalis (Manna Gum) and Eucalyptus radiata (Narrow leaf Peppermint). Wet Forest featuring large stands of Mt Ash and Tree Ferns dominated higher up in the catchment towards the Grand Ridge Rd. Lowland Forest (which is still very common) existed around the Traralgon South and Loy Yang area. Protected sheltered gullies contained patches of rainforest (Like the ones that still exist at Tarra Bulga National Park, which contained ancient Myrtle Beech and Sassafras trees.

Map of original vegetation communities
Original vegetation communities