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Native Vegetation


Royal Park differs from most parks within the City of Melbourne in that its vegetation is almost exclusively Australian native. It has been designed to evoke the image of a landscape that confronted the first European Settlers. There are few introduced as most of the Royal Park plantings are locally indigenous to the Victorian Basalt Plains with the exception of Australian Native Garden which is comprised of plants from all over Australia and some historical plantings, such as the Morton Bay figs that line the former route of the horse-drawn tram to the Zoo.

There are two remnant bush sites (known as Bren’s Drive and Royal Park West) of the Ecological Vegetation Class 55 - Plains Grassy Woodland, Basalt Plains. Vegetation within the remnant sites include Eucalyptus camaldulensis and Acacia mearnsii, native grasses like Austrostipa mollis, Themeda triandra and Anthosacne scabra as well as some interesting, locally indigenous forbes like Vittadinia gracilis, Maireana enchyloides, Glycine tabacina, Goodenia pinnatifida, Tricoryne elatior and Rumex brownii

The Royal Park wetland, Trin Warren Tam-boore contains a variety of wetlands plants like the Eleocharis acuta which provides haven, nesting material and food for water birds like the Purple Swamphen.

There are large varieties of native grasses within Royal Park which include Kangaroo Grass, Red-leg Grass, Silky Blue Grass, Windmill Grass, Weeping Grass and several species of Wallaby Grass and Spear Grass.

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Post: Friends of Royal Park, Parkville Inc

PO Box 197, Parkville VIC 3052



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Friends of Royal Park meet every 2 months, usually at the Walmsley House (Australian Native Gardens), 161 Gatehouse St, Parkville.  Melway 2B B4.  Tram No. 19

Our next meeting is the Annual General Meeting for 2017.  The AGM will be held on Tuesday 3rd October, at 7.30 PM in the Walmsley House (see directions above).  Our Guest Speaker will be Farley Connelly, Ph D Candidate, School of Biological Sciences, University of Melbourne.  The topic of his talk will be "Magpies".   


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