Frog pond. Want plants native to Dry Creek Pooraka SA

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Frog pond. Want plants native to Dry Creek Pooraka SA

Postby jaystarrs » Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:39 pm

According to Salisbury Council;
"Pooraka Section of Dry Creek Corridor:
Here, the highly engineered and deeply incised watercourse flows across the relatively flat upper floodplain through the suburb of Pooraka. Water pools rarely occur. The few present are very shallow and are dry for most of the year.....Naturally occurring riparian shrubs, groundcovers and herbs are missing."

What are these and where can I find them?

"Rapid water flows during rain events have scoured the watercourse and prevented the establishment of all but a few small tussocks of Bolboschoenus caldwellii (Salt Club-rush) and Cyperus gymnocaulos (Spiny Flat-sedge) which are very hardy aquatic macrophytes....Potential exists to add some visually striking native plants into these native grasslands such as Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata (Yacca) and Lomandras (Mat-rushes). "

And these?

There are meant to be Appendixes attached to this document from Salisbury Council but they are missing...

I want to build a completely native frog pond with plants that should be in the Dry Creek Pooraka area.

Can anyone help?

Additionally I have attached some photos of the intended area which is shaded and has a sprinkler system on the roof.

Are any of the plants currently in there dangerous to frogs? Can anyone identify any of the plant types?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Postby jaystarrs » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:54 pm

Hello again, I'm assuming that there aren't many South Aussies on frogs.org.au

I have continued research and found that http://www.backyards4wildlife.com.au/ is excellent for Adelaide and SA. There are some similarities in this list and the suggestions included in the sticky for frog attracting plants on the forum. Here is a list of plants for the area in which I live.

Grasses
Tall Kerosene Grass (Aristida holathera var. holathera)
Knob Sedge (Carex inversa)
Spiny Flat-sedge (Cyperus gymnocaulos)
Stiff Flat-sedge (Cyperus vaginatus)
Black-anther Flax-lily (Dianella revoluta var. revoluta)
Silky Blue-grass (Dichanthium sericeum)
Common Spike-rush (Eleocharis acuta)
Knobby Club-rush (Ficinia nodosa)
Pale Rush (Juncus pallidus)
Loose-flower Rush (Juncus pauciflorus)
Soft Tussock Mat-rush (Lomandra densiflora)
Hard Mat-rush (Lomandra multiflora ssp. dura)
Common Tussock-grass (Poa labillardieri var. labillardieri)
Tall Spear-grass (Austrostipa nodosa)
Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra)

This is a great list for around the pond but I'm still not sure what water plants to get yet. Currently there is a lot of algae in the bottom of the pond. There are also some cyperus-alternifolius or umbrella papyrus (I think).

I suppose my question now is, clear out the pond of this algae and cyperus-alternifolius or leave it? I have read that the umbrella papyrus is ok for frogs but can over run a pond and they are not native.

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