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Granite Belt flora

On this page you will find some management techniques that will enable you to manage habitats containing endangered species.

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What makes the Granite Belt flora so 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 40 listed under the Nature Conservation Act and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act as threatened, including five listed as critically endangered.  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.

The Granite Belt region of southern Queensland has a high degree of habitat diversity due to its elevation, topographic variation, outcropping rock and a pronounced east-west rainfall gradient. Vegetation includes tall open forest and woodland on rocky slopes, grassy open forests and woodlands on the deeper soils of lower slopes and alluvial plains and shrub lands on rock pavements. 45% remains as remnant vegetation and 12% (17 000 ha) is contained within conservation reserves including Girraween and Sundown National Parks.

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.  

Identification

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QLD HERBARIUM

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  •  About the Queensland Herbarium

  • Census of the Qld Flora and Fungi 2022

  • Collecting and identifying your own plant specimens

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NATIVE PLANTS OF THE STANTHORPE PLATEAU

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OTHER SOURCES

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Fire management

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Fire

PLANNING A BURN

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FIRE MANAGEMENT

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LIVING WITH FIRE

Select the image to be taken to the Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium's Living with fire: An introduction to fire ecology resource.

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QLD FIRE AND BIODIVERSITY CONSORTIUM

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PLANNED BURN GUIDELINES

Select the button to be taken to an electronic version of the Burning guidelines for the New England bioregion. A hard copy is available for purchase on our publications page.

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DEVELOPING A FIRE MANAGEMENT PLAN

Select the button to download a handy tool for developing your own fire management plan for your property. 

Managing weeds

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CONTROLLING SMALL WEEDS

Select the button to download a fact sheet describing how to control small hand-pullable weeds.

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CONTROLLING VINES & SCRAMBLERS

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CONTROLLING UNDERGROUND WEEDS

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CONTROLLING WOODY WEEDS

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TOP 10 WEEDS

Select the button to download a fact sheet listing the top 10 weeds of the Granite Belt and their control.

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WEEDS OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND

Select the button to order your copy of the Weeds of Southern Queensland (4th Ed).

Legislation

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NATURE CONSERVATION ACT 1982

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ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ACT 199

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PROTECTED PLANTS

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SUBMISSION

Select the image to read our recent submission to the independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 submitted in April 2020. 

Author: Carol Booth 

Factsheets

FACT SHEET 1

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Propagating your own native plants

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Propagation methods for native plants

FACT SHEET 2

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Fact Sheet - Which native plants grow wh

Granite or Traprock? Which native plants grow where? - 2 pages

FACT SHEET 3

Fact Sheet - Growing native plants in yo

Growing native plants in your garden

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Native garden plan

FACT SHEET 4

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Growing native plants on your property

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Managing native plants on your property

WILDLIFE

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Koala food trees

Creating a wildlife friendly garden

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