Rainforest Trees

Rain Forest Trees
 The flora of Fraser Island is diverse. More than 865 species of plants thrive on the island. It is the only place on earth where tall rainforest grows in sand. The island contains the largest extent of wallum heath remnants in Queensland. In Pile Valley, 1,000-year-old rough-barked satinays are found.

Rain Forest Trees

Despite being logged the kauri pines dominate in some areas. Scribbly gumsred gumspiccabeen palmsblue quandongbrush box and pandanus all grow on Fraser Island.

Rain Forest Trees

Along the coast, the foredunes are dominated by salt-tolerant species which includes pigfacegoats foot vine and beach spinifexSpinifex sericeus is an important foundation species. Decayed matter from this dune grass breaks down in the sand, providing vital nutrients for other plant species, such as the beach oak.

Rain Forest Tall Trees

The rare Angiopteris evecta, a species of fern that has the largest fronds in the world, grows on Fraser Island. The southwest coast is dominated by mangroves. Persoonia prostrata was a shrub native to the island which is now extinct.

Rain Forest Trees

As one travels from east to west across the island, the dune age increases. This leads to the progressive maturing of vegetation in the same direction, except for some areas along the western coast where soil leaching has decreased the nutrient soil layer to a depth beyond the reach of plant roots.

Rain Forest Trees

Each lake on Fraser Island is surrounded by concentric vegetation zones. Typically these zones range from rushes in the shallows, then a mix of pioneer species on the beaches, through to sedges, heath, paperbarks, shrubs and finally eucalypt or banksia woodlands.


Rain Forest Trees

Rain Forest Trees

Rain Forest Trees

Piccabeen Palm

Small-Leaved Fig Tree Trunk

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