The Neil Holloway Reesville Nature Refuge
The forest has a quite deep litter layer with a relatively sparse forest-floor flora that includes ferns such as Adiantum atroviride, A. silvaticum and Blechnum sp. Other ground strata species include Alpinia caerulea, Cordyline spp and Eupomatia laurina. Evergreen notophyll rainforest with some brush box closed forest and scattered Bangalow Palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) also occurs (RE 12.11.1). The brush box/bangalow palm communities are associated with the gullies.
Exceptionally tall tree ferns (Cyathea cooperi) occur along the stream systems. Clumps of Lomandra longifolia also occur along the streams in places. Another important general aspect of the area is a tall to very tall open forest with rainforest understorey (RE 12.11.2) found on some of the upper ridges. Sydney Blue Gum (Eucalyptus saligna) predominates with other canopy species including but not necessarily limited to Eucalyptus microcorys, E. acmenoides. E. siderophloia and Corymbia intermedia.
Other conspicuous rain forest tree species recorded on the Nature Refuge include Aphananthe philippinensis, Diploglottis australis, Flindersia schottiana, Gmelina leichhardtii, Melia azedarach, Polyscias elegans, P. australis, Rhodamnia rubescens and Sloanea australis. Ecotonal and pioneer species include Alphitonia excelsa, Commersonia bartramiana and C. fraseri, Homalanthus nutans, and Macaranga tanarius.