The information in this part of the website draws heavily from Professor Kingsley Dixon’s book ‘Coastal Plants – A guide to the identification and restoration of plants of the Perth region’, published by CSIRO Publishing and copyright to Cambridge Coastcare Inc, in 2010. Some other descriptions are sourced from the ‘Florabase’ compiled by the WA Herbarium, a unit of the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife; Florabase provides additional photos and information about plant species and is hyperlinked where possible.
The WA coastline hosts in excess of 1200 species of plant, about the same number as occur within the British Isles. Just over 10% of these species are considered weeds. The Perth coast is a rich resource of biodiversity. With 147 species of native plants found in the dunes of the Perth metropolitan coast, the plant resources provide almost year-round flowering, fruiting, seeding and habitat opportunities for the abundant insect, reptile and bird life. It is not practicable to list every one of these species. Kingsley Dixon’s book ‘Coastal Plants’ contains descriptions and photos of the most abundant and ecologically important 100 species found along the west coast and supporting information on seed biology, ecological processes and restoration technology. Copies of the book are available from leading booksellers.
Our website information is divided into three sections:
- Coastal plants –87 of the more common and conspicuous local species as described and illustrated in K Dixon’s book.
- Cambridge Coastcare plantings – approximately 60 species planted by Cambridge Coastcare in our section of the coastline (bordered by an extension of Bold Park adjacent to the Swanbourne rifle range in the south and by the Town of Cambridge/City of Stirling boundary in the north) since 2010. These species are linked to the descriptions and photos in ’Coastal Plants’ where possible, and to Florabase. We hope to build this section in future years as more planting and survival information is added.
- Weeds – 18 of the most prevalent weed species found in our area and a link to Cottesloe Coastcare’s website which contains descriptions and photos of more than 30 species of weeds.
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