Saturday, 14 April 2007

Hanging Swamp

The walk to Lilians Bridge traverses a boardwalk over a hanging swamp. Hanging swamps occur on sloping rock faces where there is constant supply of groundwater. Over time the water and decomposing plants have formed peat that acts as a sponge holding the water which is slowly released over the cliff edge even in dry times.

Photo: Boardwalk over hanging swamp, Leura

Common plants in the swamps are sedge grasses and Coral Fern (Gleichenia dicarpa)



Words to walk with:
The township of Lawson was once known as “Christmas Swamp”. The explorer Blaxland described a swamp of rushy coarse grass with water running through it near the current location of the town.

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