All native plants are special to Logan. However, there are a few standout significant species that need to be highlighted for our attention. Logan City Council has developed a brochure that will help you discover the significant plant species that are found in Logan.
Twenty-one native plants are recorded in Logan as being either Near-threatened (formally Rare), vulnerable or endangered under Queensland Law, specifically under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Ten of these species are also listed as vulnerable or endangered under the Australian Government's Law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. These two forms of legislation provide a legal framework to protect and manage state and nationally significant plants and animals.
The plants in this booklet are considered significant as there are not many left in the wild. Each species has been subjected to a range of situations which has led to their decline; however, in general, there are a range of common processes which threaten their survival. These include:
- Habitat degradation through invasion of weeds and disturbance
- Loss or modification of habitat through clearing for agriculture and development
- Waterway and wetland modification, clearing, degradation and pollution
- Competition with introduced weeds
- Changes in fire regimes
- Grazing and trampling by domestic stock
- Cultivation or harvesting of seeds or fruit
- Overuse of herbicides.
Melaleuca irbyana (swamp tea tree)
Melaleuca irbyana is an endangered tree that is found mostly around the Jimboomba and Waterford West areas of Logan. It can form communities which are listed as critically endangered by the Federal Government.
As less than 10% of the original Melaleuca irbyana forest remains in Queensland, it is important that this species is protected into the future.
Logan's Melaleuca Irbyana Recovery Plan aims to ensure the long-term viability of Melaleuca irbyana in Logan by protecting and enhancing existing Melaleuca irbyana, and support the increase and extent of Melaleuca irbyana through research and revegetation.
Council has also produced a guideline to advise landowners on how to protect Melaleuca irbyana from development impacts.
Melaleuca irbyana PhD
Council has recently partnered with QUT to support a PhD project investigating Melaleuca irbyana.
This PhD project will deliver ground breaking research and on-ground actions to directly support the recovery of Melaleuca irbyana. For more details see the Melaleuca irbyana Project.
Melaleuca irbyana location map
This map shows the location of Melaleuca irbyana in Logan.
For a larger image, please see the Melaleuca irbyana locations in Logan map