Flora & Fauna

Quinninup is fortunate to have an abundance of native flora and fauna within the natural forest and developed residential area.  

 

The forest habitat features the Karri, Marri, Jarrah, and Blackbutt trees with understory plants unique to each species.  

 

Fallen timber, or coarse woody debris, contributes carbon-rich organic matter directly to the soil providing a substrate for mosses, fungi and seedlings, and creating microhabitats.

 

In the winter months,  high rainfall contributes to the proliferation of mosses, lichens and fungi which assist in the breaking down of  fallen timber on the forest floor.

 

In spring, shrubs and small plants in the understory area burst into colour with a stunning display of local wild flowers and orchids.  The colours are predominantly yellow from the wattles with a splash of purple from Hardenbergia and Hovea, highlighted by white of the native climbing wisteria or red native pea flowers.  

 

This area has an abundance of diverse orchids ranging from the common cowslip, blue and pink enamel, a variety of spider orchids and the rarer hammer orchid varieties.  In late August to early September a fantastic display of green hooded orchids growing on a fallen log on the Orchid Walk Trail can be enjoyed.

 

In the developed residential area a variety of birds are getting active for the breeding season, i.e. red- wing fairy wrens, varieties of honeyeaters, tree creepers, golden whistlers, spotted pardalotes, fan tails, wattle birds, robins, western rosella and Port Lincoln parrot (commonly known as 28ers), thornbills, magpies, currawongs, kookaburras and white and red-tail cockatoos, to name just a few. 

 

The western grey kangaroo can be seen at dusk each evening on the old school oval and environ, and care needs to be taken on the roads in the area, especially during dawn and dusk hours, and 

the fruit of the Zamia Palm encourages emus to the district.

 

The chuditch, phascogale, quokka, possum, and potoroo are some of the small mammals that inhabit this environment.  There are also venomous snakes such as the tiger, brown and dugite, as well as blue- tongue lizards and skinks.

Images courtesy of:

Fritz Nabholz 

Mick Hill

Tom Chovka

Wendy Eiby

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