About the Consortium
Who are we?
The Stanthorpe Rare Wildflower Consortium is a group of wildflower enthusiasts who share a common aim to undertake projects that assist in managing the habitats supporting many of the wildflower species unique to the Granite Belt.
What makes the Granite Belt special?
On the Stanthorpe Plateau, spectacular wildflower displays emerge among granite rocks, in woodland areas or along riparian water courses in spring. The Granite Belt alone has over 900 different flowering plant species, with close to 50 listed in the Nature Conservation Act as endangered, vulnerable or rare species. Many are endemic to the area, meaning they are confined to a certain location or region and do not occur naturally anywhere else.
Granite Belt flora is a term used to describe those native plants found on the Stanthorpe Plateau – an area bounded by the Queensland-New South Wales border to the east and south, Dalveen to the north, and the line that marks the transition to traprock country to the west. This area includes Girraween National Park and both Broadwater and Passchendaele State Forests.
Because of its location, the flora that exist on the Granite Belt comprises many species that are at their northern or southern population limits, as well as many species that can be found in our neighbouring districts e.g. traprock, New England tableland, escarpment, etc.
What do we do?
The members of the Stanthorpe Rare Wildflower Consortium assist with species identification, community education and landholder management of habitats that our wildflowers exist in.
What will you find out?
Viewers can use this site to find out about our immensely popular wildflower walks hosted by consortium members each spring, or publications the consortium produces. You can also find information that may assist you maintaining your little piece of the Granite Belt in a manner that allows you to keep enjoying Granite Belt wildflowers from year to year.
What can you do?
Viewers can find out how to manage the major threats to our wildflower habitats that include:
Land clearing - Grazing - Weed invasion - Inappropriate fire regimes
Illegal harvesting - Roadworks