The higher areas support Alpine Ash forests, with Shining Gum and Cut Tail Ash, and rare plants like subalpine beard heath and the monkey mint bush. Moving down the slopes, these high altitude plant communities transition to tall, wet eucalyptus forests. Cool temperate rainforests line the creeks and gullies on the upper and middle slopes of this mountainous region. Further south, getting closer to the coast, the cool temperate rainforest blends with warm temperate rainforest in an extremely rare ‘overlap’ assemblage.
Mount Ellery is an integral part of Victoria’s conservation estate and the Emerald Link’s natural tapestry. Without further protection, these unique ‘overlap’ areas of warm and cool temperate forests will become the missing threads in preserving a vital connection between the alpine and coastal environments.