There are two distinct native ecosystems in the park, the red gum dominated river flats, and the greybox grassy woodland. Both were typical of the Adelaide region but, due to land clearing and development, the greybox, eucalyptus microcarpa, and its understorey has now diminished to the extent that this plant association has been given a high conservation rating.
Over the past years, the 'friends of' group has removed olives, boneseed and other weeds, and have discovered a wonderful collection of native plants that have been overshadowed and crowded out by the more aggressive weeds. During a working bee the pale flax lily, dianella longifolia, a plant that is rare and at risk, was discovered.
One of the most precious plants is the variable glycine, glycine tabacina, a scrambling legume with small purple pea shaped flowers. This plant is rare and in danger of becoming extinct. It is under constant threat not only from the competition with weeds and being overshadowed by olives but also from trampling feet and bike tyres.
The 'friends of' group have noted 16 different plant species in the park which have conservation ratings from uncommon to endangered.
Flora and fauna species lists
To download flora (plants) and fauna (animals) species lists for this park, use the 'Create Simple Species List' tab under 'Flora Tools' or 'Fauna Tools' in NatureMaps.