Caladenia latifolia, the Pink Fairy Orchid. Photo: D. Blumer.View image slideshow

Within the Kings Park bushland, three major plant communities are supported - limestone heathland; Banksia woodland with B. attenuata, B. grandis, B. menziesii and B. prionotes; and low moist areas with Banksia ilicifolia. Prior to European settlement, the Kings Park bushland would have been dominated by tall Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala), Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) and Marri (Corymbia callophylla) with Banksia species and Allocasuarina fraseriana sub-dominating.

Today the woodlands are often dominated by Banksia species and Allocasuarina fraseriana. There are 326 species of local native plants growing in the bushland, which represents about 15% of the native flora of the Perth Region. Of particular importance is the limestone escarpment. Only three relatively large areas of cliff-side vegetation, Kings Park, Blackwall Reach and Mt Henry can now be found along the Swan River. The mixed closed heaths of the escarpment contain a diverse and unique assemblage of shrubs, herbs, sedges and grasses normally associated with limestone heaths of nearer coastal areas. The mixed closed heaths in Kings Park are one of the most inland occurrences of these estuarine cliff communities and are contiguous with adjacent bushland areas.

In addition to the bushland flora, the Western Australian Botanic Garden is located within Kings Park and is primarily dedicated to the conservation, cultivation, display and interpretation of the state’s native flora. Approximately 3,000 taxa of native plants are on display, promoting community appreciation and understanding of the flora and the importance of its conservation in the wild.

Beaufortia aestiva. Photo: D. Blumer. Distinctive flowers, buds, nuts and leaves of the Marri tree. Photo: D. Blumer.

Visitor reminder

Under BGPA Regulations, an infringement may be issued if the driver of a vehicle does not remain within Kings Park's boundaries.

Flower thefts

We’re calling for help from the people of Perth to catch thieves stealing large quantities of flowers and foliage from Kings Park.

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A feast for the senses

The 2019 Kings Park Festival is here with 30,000 of Western Australia’s famous wildflowers in full bloom across the park and a month-long program of over 100 events and activities.

Warm welcome to botanic garden guides

Kings Park and Botanic Garden warmly welcomes 200 delegates for the Australasian Volunteer Botanic Guides Conference from 16 to 20 September 2019. 

New volunteer HQ opens

Rain and wind did not dampen the spirits of guests celebrating the opening of Kings Park’s first purpose-built volunteer facility in Kings Park on Friday 30 August.

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