Stop and smell the forest – part 2: Flora presence

Photo of Grass Trees

Facebook. Youtube. Google Calendar. Gmail. These information platforms may have most of your attention as you make your way to work, study, or even to have a coffee after arriving at either Nathan or Mount Gravatt campus.

But take a moment to look around – the forest that envelops Mount Gravatt and Nathan campuses, Toohey Forest, is home to diverse native flora.

Both campus sites are about 100 metres above sea level. Studies of the rock strata under Nathan campus suggests there are mineral deposits that date back at least 350 million years.

The soil around both sites is generally thin and unable to hold water due to the large amounts of rock being present. While the soil quality is generally poor (except a few places across both campuses) you can see that plant life not only survives in this bushland – it actually thrives.

At least fifteen species of eucalypts are native to the area and visitors to either campus may notice the abundance of grasstrees on show. Slow growing (about 8mm a year) – grasstrees are amongst the hardiest of all Australian native flora. If you come across one around either campus that is two metres tall or more, then it is most likely this plant started growing over 200 years ago.

There is an abundance of native plants on campus, and in the surrounding forest. Check out the GrowsAtGriffith App for more information on these plants.

So next time you are making your way around Nathan or Mount Gravatt campus – look up from your device (unless, of course, you have GrowsAtGriffith open), and take a moment to stop and smell the forest.

Check out the Griffith Archive website for more interesting information on Griffith and it’s history.