Alexander Morrison National Park

Address : Eganu WA 6515
250kms north from Perth. 65km east from Green Head, 40km west from Coorow, along the Coorow-Green Head Rd. This 8,500 hectare Park was declared a National Park in 1970. It was named after Alexander Morrison (1849-1913) who was the first official Western Australian government botanist in the Bureau of Agriculture between 1897-1906. He collected specimens extensively in Western Australia and Victoria, briefly at Gawler in South Australia, and undertook an excursion to the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) in 1896. Morrison amassed a sizeable private herbarium that was bequeathed to Edinburgh University and has since been shared around the world herbaria.  Just like other national parks on the northern sandplains (Tathra, Badgingarra, and Lesueur national parks), Alexander Morrison National Park is renowned for its incredible diversity of endemic wildflowers. This is ‘breakaway’ country where low lateritic ridges are the dominant visual landform.   It is possible to generalise about Western Australian landscapes and to say that the more infertile the soil, the greater the number of plant species. The impoverished soils of this region, severely depleted of trace elements such as nitrogen and phosphorus, have allowed this unique flora to evolve in these harsh conditions.  Plants to look for include: Proteaceae family – numerous species of banksia, 20 species of dryandra, grevillea, smokebush and hakea. The Myrtaceae family – colourful verticordia (morrison, featherflower), honeymyrtle, eremaea, calitrix and calothamnus. eschenaultia, kangaroo paws, pea and conostylis species are prolific. The proliferation of poison peas saved this area from clearing for stock pasture. Now, the biggest threat to the plants is the spread of dieback, a soil borne fungus.

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