The following information is intended for people living in bushfire prone areas. The Tasmania Fire Service publication Will you survive? provides good advice for householders on urban fringe and rural areas. Exotic plants can also be a fire hazard.

Fire Hazards; high , moderate and low

Flammability Groups
In the following list TN denotes a plant native to Tasmania, AN a plant native to mainland Australia
and X a known environmental weed.

High Flammability
These plants have been shown to be highly flammable andshould not be planted or allowed to remain inside your house's Building Protection Zone(within 10 metres). They should be used with discretion in the Fuel Modified Zone. (10 to 50 metres). Move these plants away from your house and replace them with less flammable plants.

Acacia dealbata TN                                     Silver Wattle
Acacia stricta TN                                        Hop Wattle
Acacia verticillata TN                                  Prickly Moses
Acmena smithii AN                                     Lilly Pilly
Allocasuarina cunninghamiana AN                River Sheoak
Banksia integrifolia AN                                Coast Banksia
Banksia marginata TN  `                              Honeysuckle
Callistemon citrinus AN                               Common Red Bottlebrush
Callitris rhomboidea TN                              Oyster Bay Pine
Dodonaea viscosa TN                                 Native Hop
Elaeocarpus reticulatus TN                          Blueberry Ash
Eucalyptus amygdalina TN                          Black Peppermint
Eucalyptus globulus TN                              Blue Gum
Eucalyptus maculata AN                             Spotted Gum
Eucalyptus obliqua TN                                Brown Stringybark
Eucalyptus paniculata AN                            Grey Ironbark
Eucalyptus pulchella TN                              White Peppermint
Eucalyptus viminalis TN                              White Gum
Exocarpos cupressiformis TN                       Native Cherry
Flindersia australis AN                                  Crow's Ash
Gahnia grandis TN                                       Cutting Grass
Grevillea x Poorinda AN                               Poorinda Cultivars of Grevilleas
Grevillea robusta AN                                    Silky Oak
Grevillea rosmarinifolia AN                           Rosemary Grevillea
Lepidosperma laterale AN                             Sword Rush
Leptospermum scoparium TN                       Manuka, Teatree
Lomandra longifolia TN                                Saggs
Melaleuca alternifolia AN                              Paperbark
Nicotiana glauca AN                                     Tobacco Bush
Pittosporum undulatum AN X                        Sweet Pittosporum
Poa sp. AN                                                   Poa Grass
Tasmannia lanceolata TN                               Native Pepper

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Moderate Flammability
These plants should only be used with care in the Building Protection Zone. They should not be allowed to dominate your garden and should be well maintained, being especially careful to remove dead material before it accumulates.

Acacia baileyana AN                                      Cootamundra Wattle
Acacia decurrens AN                                     Green Wattle
Acacia mearnsii TN                                       Black Wattle
Acacia melanoxylon TN                                 Blackwood
Acacia podalyrifolia AN                                  Mt Morgan Wattle
Araucaria heterophylla AN                              Norfolk Island Pine
Atherosperma moschatum TN                         Sassafras
Bedfordia salicina TN                                    Blanket Bush
Beyeria viscosa TN                                        Pinkwood
Brachychiton acerifolius AN                            Illawarra Flame Tree
Brachychiton discolour AN                              Lacebark
Brachychiton rupestris AN                               Bottle Tree
Dicksonia antarctica TN                                   Man Fern
Myoporum insulare AN                                    Boobyalla
Olearia argophylla TN                                      Musk
Pittosporum bicolor TN                                    Cheesewood
Pteridium esculentum TN                                 Bracken Fern
Zieria arborescens TN                                      Stinkwood

Low Flammability

These plants are acceptable in the Building Protection Zone and will be valuable replacements for more flammable plants.

Diplarrena moraea TN                              White Flag Iris
Hymenosporum flavum AN                       Native Frangipanni
Passiflora herbertiana AN                          Native Passionfruit
Pomaderris apetala TN                              Dogwood

Prepared by Mark Chladil and Jennifer Sheridan on behalf of the Tasmanian Fire Research Fund and
the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens 1997. Further advice is obtainable from any Tasmanian
Fire Service Office.

RECOVERY OF PLANTS FROM BUSHFIRES

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