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Vascular Plant Associates on Kangaroo Island, Australia

The Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) is a major element of the tree canopy of Kangaroo Island. 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. Other prominent trees on the island include Sugar Gum (Eucalyptus cladocalyx), which is native to Australia, and other mixed eucalypt species.

Some major endemic vascular plants of Kangaroo Island are:Gland Flower (Adenanthos terminalis), Kangaroo Island Mallee Ash (Eucalyptus remota), Woolly Bush (Adenanthos sericeus), Kangaroo Island Conesticks (Petrophile multisecta), Kangaroo Island Spider Orchid (Caladenia ovata), and the near-endemic Gland Flower (Adenanthos terminalis).

The Beyeria Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island 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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