What are mallee ecosystems?
Mallee ecosystems take their name from the small, multi-stemmed eucalypts which feature lignotubers (mallee roots) just below the soil surface, which store carbohydrates and water, and allow the tree to reshoot from the base if stems are destroyed by fire.
The blanket of sandy soil which characterises the mallee, has created a gentle scenery and superficially simple landscape, with species of mallee and understorey of saltbush, heathy shrubs, sedges, grasses or ephemeral herbs varying subtly according to soil type, depth and salinity.
- Low, unreliable rainfall, high summer temperatures and poor fertility of the sandy soils are a key characteristic – leading some parts to be called ‘deserts’
- Surprisingly diverse flora and fauna including many species of reptiles
- Small nocturnal ground-dwelling mammals use burrows for breeding and protection
- Has a distinctive range of birds including the Mallee Fowl which constructs huge mounds of sand and litter to incubate its eggs
- Parrots are prominent, including the colourful Mallee Ringneck, Major Mitchell Cockatoo and Regent Parrot.
- Grazing by exotic animals (e.g. rabbits, goats)
- Predation by foxes
- Weed invasion
- Increased temperatures and decreased rainfall are potential threats to species that already ‘live on the edge’
- A potential increase in the frequency of large, intense fire events is also a threat to species that require ‘old-growth’ habitat.
Where do I find mallee ecosystems?
- Murray-Sunset National Park
- Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
- Wyperfeld National Park
- Little Desert National Park
- Big Desert Wilderness Park
Find out more
Deptartment of Environment and Primary Industries – Distribution map and information about mallee ecosystems found in Victoria.
Melbourne Museum – Mallee in Victoria – Information about Victoria’s mallee and a video about the conservation of the Malleefowl.
05 May 2015
The huge contribution volunteers make to Victoria’s parks is being acknowledged this National Volunteer Week, 11-17 May 2015. This includes volunteers who came from far and wide to join Parks Victoria’s Track Ranger program in the Alpine National Park this year. The program involves volunteers hiking and camping at popular…
1 May 2015 - 31 May 2015
A wide variety of events are held at Albert Park throughout the year. Events range from fun runs and sporting tournaments to other community events. See the full calendar here.
6 May 2015 8:30am - 8 May 2015 6:00pm
Work alongside Parks Victoria in threatened species recovery monitoring for the four large Forest Owls including: Powerful, Barking, Masked and Sooty Owl. Approximately 4-5 hours each evening will be spent out in the field. The Forest Owl Monitoring program is managed by Parks Victoria. Activities involve owl playbacks for response,…
7 May 2015 5:30pm-10:00pm
Woodlands Historic Park comes to life at dusk with kangaroos, wallabies, possums and other wildlife springing into action. We will be looking out for the Eastern Barred Bandicoots and learning about the program to save them from extinction. We start the evening with a light dinner under the stars before…
9 May 2015 10:00am-2:00pm
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