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Leptospermum (Tea Tree)

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Tea Trees range extends from sub-alpine areas to wet coastal forests, temperate woodlands and the arid inland. In fact, the only major environment where Tea Treesare absent is probably rainforest.

There are over 80 species, and most are endemic to Australia, with the greatest diversity in the south of the continent.

Tea Trees are from a hardy and adaptable genus that grows in many sizes from shrubs to trees, reaching 1–8m tall, rarely up to 20m, with dense branching. The leaves are evergreen, alternate, simple, sharp-tipped, and small, in most species not over 1cm long. The flowers are up to 3cm diameter. White is the predominant flower colour, but there are a few species which produce pink or red flowers

The characteristic five petalled flowers have a dainty appearance and are produced in profusion. They attract many bees and butterflies. 

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The Koala is a leaf-eating specialist that feeds primarily during dawn, dusk or night. Its diet is restricted mainly to foliage of eucalypt. The Koala may, at times, supplement its diet with other species, including Leptospermum and Melaleuca. While Koalas have been observed sitting in or eating up to 120 species of eucalypt, the diet of individual Koalas is usually limited to obtaining most of their nutrition from one or a few species present at a site. Species preferences may vary between regions or seasons. Koalas show strong preferences between individual trees within species. READ MORE

Orange-bellied Parrot

The Orange-bellied Parrot feeds almost exclusively on seeds and fruits, mainly of sedges, and salt-tolerant coastal and salt marsh plants. They occasionally feed on flowers and stems. The foraging behaviour of the Orange-bellied Parrot is generally to feed on the ground or in low vegetation, usually less than 1m above the ground. Birds usually forage in pairs or singly during the breeding season, or in small flocks of varying size in the non-breeding season. READ MORE

Spotted Tree Frog

The Spotted Tree Frog is associated with a range of vegetation communities from montane forest at high altitudes to wet and dry forest at moderate to low altitudes respectively. The extent of riparian forest at known localities ranges from virtually non-existent, with scattered riparian tree or shrub species, to a dense canopy of tea trees, shading the stream. It occurs along sections of streams with steep banks, invariably in steeply dissected country or gorges with numerous rapids and waterfalls. READ MORE