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Coastal Heath with Banksia speciosa in foreground, Lucky Bay, WA

Heath on shallow soils over sandstone, Walls Lookout, Gross Valley, Blue Mountains, NSW

Foliage cover of tallest stratum greater than 70%Closed Heath structure
Foliage cover of tallest stratum 30 - 70%Open Heath structure


Many heath communities have been extensively cleared for sand mining, agriculture and urban development.


photosPhotos from the Australian Plant Image Index


Sources: Australia's Native Vegetation - from rainforest to spinifex, map and information poster produced by the National Land & Water Audit, Natural Heritage Trust, Australian Government, 2001
Map: Australia's Native Vegetation - A summary of Australia's Major Vegetation Groups, 2007, Australian Government website
Structure diagram: Atlas of Australian Resources - Vol. 6, Vegetation, AUSLIG, Canberra, 1990

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