Lesueur National Park

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Lesueur National Park
Western Australia
IUCN category II (national park)
29 Mount Michaud Lesueur NP XI-2013.jpeg
Lesueur National Park is located in Western Australia
Lesueur National Park
Lesueur National Park
Nearest town or city Jurien Bay
Coordinates 30°08′04″S 115°06′02″E / 30.13444°S 115.10056°E / -30.13444; 115.10056Coordinates: 30°08′04″S 115°06′02″E / 30.13444°S 115.10056°E / -30.13444; 115.10056
Established 1992
Area 272.35 km2 (105.2 sq mi)[1]
Managing authorities Department of Environment and Conservation
Website Lesueur National Park
See also List of protected areas of
Western Australia

Lesueur National Park is a national park straddling the boundary between the Wheatbelt and Mid West regions of Western Australia, 211 km north of Perth. The park was gazetted in 1992. It includes two mesas known as Mount Lesueur and Mount Michaud, and supports a highly diverse flora.

Flora[edit]

Open Eucalyptus woodland with a diverse understorey

Lesueur National Park lies in the Geraldton Sandplains bioregion, which is characterised by scrubby heath with a high number of plants from the family Proteaceae.

Vegetation in the park is structurally complex, with patches of woodland amongst shrublands.[2]

There are over 900 indigenous plant species in the park, many of which are endemic.[2] Rare or threatened species include the Mount Lesueur Grevillea, Forrest's Wattle, the Lesueur Hakea and the Laterite Mallee.

The park is the northern limit for Jarrah and Mountain Marri, both of which grow as mallees instead of the more usual tall tree form.

Lesueur National Park is under threat from the effects of Phytophthora dieback, a disease which kills plants and is spread through movement of infected soil or water.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Department of Environment and Conservation 2009–2010 Annual Report". Department of Environment and Conservation. 2010: 48. ISSN 1835-114X. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Management Plan:Lesueur National Park and Coomallo Nature Reserve1995 - 2005" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Land Management. 1995. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Dunne, Chris; Kilgour, Sharon (2005). Managing Phytophthora Dieback in Bushland (PDF) (3 ed.). Perth, Western Australia: WWF Australia. p. 48. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 

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