Common pasture plants in the rangelands of Western Australia

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This information is a resource for pastoral lessees, station managers and others to help identify plants and assess pasture condition and trend in the Kimberley, Pilbara and the shrublands of Western Australia.

The rangelands of Western Australia

Western Australian (WA) rangelands cover about 2.2 million square kilometres (87% of WA) and are contained wihtin 20 IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation of Australia) bioregions. Climates range from tropical monsoonal  to arid temperate.

The WA rangelands can be considered as 2 main types – the northern grasslands and the southern shrublands, with distinct regions (Figure 1)

Map of the Western Australian rangeland regions
Figure 1 Rangeland regions of Western Australia

Information on these plants can assist pastoral lessees and station managers to assess pasture condition and trend, and improve grazing management.

This information is from well-respected publications, and observations, monitoring and trials by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

Common plants by subregion

Declared plants in the rangelands

See Declared plants in the rangeland regions of Western Australia


Mitchell, AA & Wilcox, DG 1994, Arid shrubland plants of Western Australia, revised edition, Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Perth.

Petheram, RJ & Kok, B 2003, Plants of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, revised edition, University of Western Australia Press, Perth.

For more information

In the Kimberley, contact Matt Fletcher or Kath Ryan

In the Pilbara or Gascoyne, contact Damian Priest

In the Goldfields and southern rangelands, contact Wayne Fletcher or PJ Waddell

Contact information

Matthew Fletcher
+61 (0)8 9166 4019
Kath Ryan
+61 (0)8 9166 4015
Damian Priest
+61 (0)8 9956 3349
Wayne Fletcher
+61 (0)8 9690 2135
Peter-Jon Waddell
+61 (0)8 9368 3421