Tamma does not refer to an individual species but rather thickets up to two metres high, dominated by Allocasuarina campestris (shrubby sheoak) and Allocasuarina corniculata (tamma sheoak), in inland south-west Western Australia. Not tammar – which is a type of wallaby.

These tamma thickets caused problems for early explorers, ripping their clothes, saddlery, equipment and often injuring them and their animals.

On a number of occasions explorer/surveyor C.C. Hunt had to alter his desired line of travel because of the tamma thickets. His diary entries often recorded that his men were engaged in repairing damage to clothes and equipment caused by the tamma.

An example of tamma has been retained in Tamma Parkland just to south of Merredin. It provides a glimpse of the type of vegetation that was once found in the area.


Professor Alex George, Murdoch University, Personal Communication


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