After fire brings new life Rottnest Tea Tree

Noongar name - Moonah

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The Rottnest Island Tea Tree grows as either a shrub or a small tree. Its size range is 1-5 m. In more sheltered parts of the Island it is more likely to reach its bigger size. Its bark is black and stringy. Its leaves are up to 15mm long and 2mm wide and curve backwards. It has small white or cream flowers which grow in cylinder shaped groupings.

This plant produces seeds from hard, wrinkled fruits in its canopy. These seeds are spread via wind and water. When it regenerates (grows new material after damage), it re-sprouts from its base.

Where you can find a Rottnest Tea Tree

Conservation Status

All Rottnest Island’s flora is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987. Protected as part of the Woodland Community that is listed as a ‘Vulnerable’ Threatened Ecological Community under The Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest's flora healthy

  • Do use water wisely on Rottnest
  • Do keep to designated tracks
  • Do take litter with you or use bins provided