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Vascular Plant Endemics on Kangaroo Island

The Kangaroo Island Spider Orchid (Caladenia ovata) is a vascular endemic plant of Kangaroo Island, Australia. The island, lying within the Indian Ocean off of Australia's southern coast, is classified as part of the Mount Lofty woodlands ecoregion, and is part of Australia's mediterranean climate zone. 

Some other major vascular plant endemics of Kangaroo Island are:Gland Flower (Adenanthos terminalis), Kangaroo Island Mallee Ash (Eucalyptus remota), Woolly Bush (Adenanthos sericeus), Kangaroo Island Conesticks (Petrophile multisecta) and the near-endemic Gland Flower (Adenanthos terminalis).

The Beyeria Conservation Park features an assembly of rare plants that thrive on the laterite soils in this location. Important endemics here include the Kangaroo Island Turpentine Bush (Beyeria subtecta), Rough Spider Flower (Grevillea muricata), Small-flowered Daisy-bush (Olearia microdisca), and the near-endemic Kangaroo Island Turpentine Bush (Beyeria subtecta).

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