The Ringwood Heights Sanctuary has a variety of flora. There are many that were here before the school was built, and are still here being taken care of. The Sanctuary has plants that relate to the indigenous culture and were used to make weapons and tools. These are some of the plants, that may be in Sanctuary and the surrounding the area.
Sweet Bursaria. Bursaria spinosa shrub or small tree, to 6m tall, with small leaves along spiny stems, and dense sprays of white, perfumed flowers. Prefers heavy textured soils. It is found on a variety of habitats, usually occurring as a tree in sheltered moist gullies and as a more spindly shrub on drier sites like rocky hill tops and rises. Bursaria’s are hardy, long-lived (80+ years), colonise marginal and disturbed sites and regenerate from rhizomes after fire.
Australian Buttercup. “Ranunculus” means “tadpole”, and refers to the damp habitat preferred by buttercups generally - so we can be surprised to find our tough little native buttercup growing on a sunny, grassy hillside. This is its native habitat, however, and the plants would have been much more common in this sort of site before Europeans arrived with their buttercup-munching stock.
Spear Grass. By Znobia Wootan on October 28th, 2011 Remember the spear grass fights of our youth? Whether it was with friends, neighborhood kids or cousins, the first swimming trip of the summer usually began or ended with a spear grass battle.
Red Anther Wallaby Grass. Over the past few days I have been struck by the mass flowering of Red-anther (Silvertop) Wallaby-grass Joycea pallida. This magnficent tall grass throws up flowering stems at more than a metre from a tussocky base. It can be found throughout the local bush, but tends to be more common in areas where Red Stringybark is the dominant tree.
Austral Clematis. Known by many as virgins bower or travelers joy, the 200 species in this genus belong to the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family and encompass a wide range of forms. Mainly climbing or scrambling, though sometimes shrubby or perennial, deciduous or evergreen; flowering at any time and in any color; occurring in both northern and southern temperate zones and at higher altitudes in the tropics there seems to be a clematis for any season and place.Austral Clematis
Sundew. One of the most rewarding parts about growing sundews is spreading seeds around to other growers who are anxious to grow these amazing plants. For beginning sundew growers, it is also very exciting to harvest your first sundew seeds, since seeds can make great material for trades and they can also be used to grow trade material that you can use to acquire more carnivorous plants.
Honeypots. The Honeypot tree is a small tree with one slender trunk. They grow in cool temperate sub-tropical areas. The trees grow up to 5m and are commonly found at 3m. They are a plant in reach of full sun. They are very common and known, especially when there white flowers bloom.
Kangaroo Grass. Themeda triandra is a perennial grass widespread in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Pacific. In Australia it is commonly known as kangaroo grass. In eastern and South Africa it is known as red grass and red oat grass, rooigras in Afrikaans.
Yellow Box. The yellow Box is a tree and is also know as Eucalyptus melliodora. It is a medium to tall tree and is commonly found from Western Victoria, New South Wales and South-Central Queensland. The Yellow Box is the best Gum Tree to produce honey. The Yellow Box attracts many animals in the need to of honey(bees) and kangaroos.
Chocolate Lily. Arthropodium strictumA slender, grass-like tufted perennial herb, to 1 m tall, with narrow, grass-like leaves and purple flowers on slender, drooping stalks. Flowers smelling of chocolate when crushed. Purple, star-shaped, to 15 mm wide, solitary. Flowers October to December, Leaves die down to dormant fleshy tuberous rootstock during the dry season, after flowering, and commence regrowth following autumn rains.
Kidney Weed. It's status as a native groundcover is so very helpful to the Australian gardener though, as it thrives where most grasses will not. Quite drought tolerant, Dichondra will grow well in full sun and does quite OK in the shade where it grows taller and less dense.
Tree Everlasting. s a fourth species that can be confused with the Cassinia’s as it is a similar size and has similar leaves. It’s leaves are around the same size as Cassinia longifolia (Shiny Cassinia) but its leaf margins are usually a little wavy. With close examination the flowers are clearly different to Cassinias, they have little bracts around the individual florets.
Silver Wattle. NSW, ACT, Vic. and Tas. Also introduced in South Australia. Acacia dealbata is a species of Acacia, native to southeastern Australia in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory and widely introduced in Mediterranean, warm temperate, and highland tropical landscapes.