Focus Topic 26. Resprouting Understorey Plants
Recently burnt areas in banksia woodland are often dominated by plants that resprout vigorously after fire. These include many species of shrubs, geophytes and sedges, some of which are illustrated below. These resprout from subterranean stems or storage organs such as rhizomes, corms, bulbs and woody structures (lignotubers). The shrubs include Blueboy (Stirlingia latifolia), Daviesia species such as Marno, members of the heather family such as Pearl Flower (Conostephium pendulum), Yellow Buttercups (Hibbertia hypericoides) and many others. Geophytes flowering prolifically after fire include Milkmaids (Burchardia umbellata) and Bloodroots (Haemodorum species).
Unfortunately, many weeds also resprout vigorously after fire, as shown below. They also flower vigorously and produce many seeds, so can become locally dominant without effective control.