Plants

Queensland has the largest variety of native plants in Australia. About 13% (about 1,000) of these plants are vulnerable or endangered.

Native plants give food and shelter to wildlife and help to maintain healthy waterways.

Native plants in Logan

Native plants grow naturally in an area and are the foundation of our natural ecosystems.

Native plants, even dead and fallen trees, give habitats to many native birds, reptiles, animals and insects.

Native plants are good for our gardens because they:

  • are attractive, hardy and often need less care than non-native plants
  • often grow faster than non-native plants
  • are often less affected by local pests and diseases than non-native plants
  • attract birds and other native animals to your yard.

You can find out what native plants are suitable for your property by using the free South East Queensland GroNative App.

Property owners in Logan are able to get free native trees each year through our Free Trees program.

Residents who live along a waterway can get free native trees through our Conservation Incentive Programs.

Threatened plants

Our city has 21 near-threatened, vulnerable or endangered plants under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992. These plants are important because there are few left in the wild.

Some of the reasons these plants have declined in Logan include:

  • competition from exotic weeds
  • habitat clearing
  • pollution
  • changes to waterways and wetlands
  • changes in fire regimes
  • grazing and trampling by domestic stock
  • over-harvesting of seeds or fruit
  • overuse or incorrect use of herbicides.

Ten of these plants are also listed as vulnerable or endangered under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

For more information about these plants, please download the Threatened plants of Logan brochure (PDF 6752 KB).

Angle-stemmed myrtle

The angle-stemmed myrtle is listed as an endangered plant by the State and Federal Governments. Around 73 known trees grow in Logan and Brisbane. The angle-stemmed myrtle is endemic to our region: it grows nowhere else in the world.

For more information about this plant and where to find it, please download the Angle-stemmed myrtle factsheet (PDF 5040 KB).

With so few left in the wild, we need your help to find any unknown and unrecorded plants.

To report a sighting of the angle-stemmed myrtle or to find out more about our recovery plan, please call us on 07 3412 3412 or email us at environment@logan.qld.gov.au.

Swamp tea tree

The swamp tea tree is an endangered tree that grows around the Jimboomba and Waterford West areas in Logan. It is only found around Beaudesert, Boonah, Logan, Ipswich, Laidley and Esk. Fewer than 10% of the original swamp tea tree forest remains.

You can see swamp tea trees in Logan at:

  • Henderson Reserve
  • Blackwood Reserve
  • Moffatt Park.

Communities (thickets) of the swamp tea tree are critically endangered and are protected by the Federal Government. For more information about the swamp tee tree, please visit Australian Government swamp tea tree.

We have developed a recovery plan that aims to protect and manage swamp tea trees in our city. For more information, please download the Swamp Tea Tree recovery plan (PDF 784 KB).

We are working with landholders to help manage swamp tea trees on private land. For more information about managing the swamp tea tree on your land, please download the Guideline for managing land development impacts on Melaleuca Irbyana (PDF 2048 KB).