Flora of Damper Creek
Damper Creek has two vegetation communities
1. Grassy Forest (Yellow Box; Silver-leaf Stringybark; Swamp gum) - Regional Significance
2. Swampy Riparian Complex (Swamp Paperbark) - High Local Significance.
Some 25 Regionally Significant plant species have been recorded in Damper Creek. Thus Damper Creek has Regional Botanical Significance.
Source: City of Monash - Indigenous Reserves Corridors Conservation & Management Plan (Ecology Australia - October 2000)
Indigenous Planting List
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A "Stunning" Plant
One of the plants growing in the reserve was used by Aborigines to stun fish and eels so they could gather them for food. The plant is Austral Indigo (Indigofera australis), a slender shrub of the Pea family and it is out in flower in the Springtime. Leaves are pinnate, openly spaced on the stems, around 10cm long and velvety smooth to the touch. Flower colour is unusual, ranging through soft purple hues, often pinkish or white. The Aborigines crushed the roots and added to water to kill or stun fish. However did they discover this peculiarity?
Source: Damper Creek Doings, September, 1999.
The Xanthorrhoea australis or Grass Tree (also known as blackboys) has been sighted in Damper Creek Reserve. These slow growing but very long lived plants are indigenous to Australia. They develop a thick trunk formed by a mass of old leaf bases held together by natural resins. It takes 30 or more years for the leaf tufts to rise above the trunk. Long spear like brown flowers are produced, these are densely packed with small white flowers. The flower spikes are produced sporadically, mainly developing in the spring months and in their natural habitat, after bushfires.