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Indigenous Flora of Mt Eliza

Mt Eliza loca flora

The state government Department of Sustainability & Environment (DSE) classifies native vegetation in Victoria into about 300 ecological vegetation classes (EVCs).


Mount Eliza currently has 11 ecological vegetation classes. Click here to find out more: Mt Eliza’s most common EVC along with the Coastal Headland Scrub EVC.

These are described in further detail here in order to promote accurate and site-specific re-vegetation and gardening. It should be noted that in re-vegetation, the planted species should have originally occurred on the site; otherwise the plantings constitute horticulture rather than re-vegetation. With eleven EVCs in Mount Eliza, it is clear that not every species occurs in every situation. In other words, planted species should be site-indigenous rather than simply locally indigenous.

Mt Eliza originally had 15 Ecological Vegetation Classes listed below:

  • 9      Coastal Salt Marsh – Coast

  • 879  Coastal Dune Grassland – Coast

  • 311  Berm Grassy Shrubland – Coast

  • 2      Coast Banksia Woodland – Coast

  • 161  Coastal Headland Scrub – Coast

  • 10    Estuarine Wetland – Coast creek mouth

  •         Estuarine Reedbed – Coast creek mouth

  • 821  Tall Marsh- Gullies

  • 53    Swamp Scrub – Creek flats

  • 937  Swampy Woodland- Creek flats, lower slopes 

  • 902  Gully Woodland – Gullies

  • 175  Grassy Woodland – Widespread extensive

  • 23    Herb-rich Woodland – Escarpment

  • 164  Creekline Herb-rich Woodland – Drainage lines on plains

  • 651  Pains Swampy Woodland – Swamps on plains

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These EVC’s are found in varying degrees on

  • Mt Eliza’s Foreshore


  • Mt Eliza Regional Park


  • Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna reserve


  • Earimil Creek Bushland Reserve/ Jessie White Reserve


All these areas are managed by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Climate Change, the introduction of Cats and Dogs, feral Foxes and rabbits are all impacting on Mt Eliza’s diverse Flora and Fauna and in particular our EVC’s which MEAFEC where possible seeks to restore our indigenous species by removing introduced plants and weeds.

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