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Maroondah is home to 42 bushland reserves, which offer visitors the enjoyment of wildflowers, wildlife, bush walks and wetlands. Some of the reserves contain rare and threatened plant species that need to be protected

Vegetation Structure

Bushland is made up of three layers - an overstorey, middle storey and understorey. The most diverse layer being the understorey vegetation, which contains a mixture of herbs, grasses, shrubs, lichens, fungi, mosses and small trees. In comparison to the overstorey, the understorey consists of dozens more plant species, however all three layers play a significant role in the environment.

Understorey vegetation is often overlooked as being a significant part of Maroondah's bushland reserves, resulting in irreversible degradation and the loss of local fauna that depend on these plants for survival. Local fauna have, over time, adapted to the natural vegetation of the area as a food source and rely on this for their health and well being. Bushland reserves are areas that have been set aside for the retention of local native vegetation and to provide homes and food for the local wildlife, as a large percentage of their habitat has been cleared over time for business and residential developments.

Protecting indigenous plants

To conserve Maroondah's bushland, locally native (indigenous) plant species MUST NOT be removed from any bushland reserve. They are protected by law. 

Some indigenous plants look similar to invasive weeds. If you have questions, or would like a plant identified, call the Maroondah bushland team on 1300 88 22 33.

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