Eucalyptus saxatilis

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Eucalyptus saxatilis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: E. saxatilis
Binomial name
Eucalyptus saxatilis
J.B.Kirkp. & Brooker[1]

Eucalyptus saxatilis, commonly known as the Suggan Buggan mallee or Mount Wheeler mallee, is a mallee or small tree, native to southeastern Australia.

Description[edit]

The species may grow up to 8 metres in height and has smooth bark, which is grey-green and sheds in short ribbons.[2] The juvenile leaves are opposite and glaucous.[2] The adult leaves are bluish grey and falcate to laceolate. These are 10 to 15 cm long and 1 to 2 cm wide.[2]

Taxonomy[edit]

The species was first formally described by J.B. Kirkpatrick and M.I.H. Brooker in Australian Forest Research in 1977 from material collected at Little River Gorge in the Snowy River National Park.[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species occurs in eastern Victoria and south-eastern New South Wales in Australia.[2]

Conservation[edit]

Eucalyptus saxatilis was one of eleven species selected for the Save a Species Walk campaign in April 2016; scientists walked 300 km to raise money for collection of seeds to be prepared and stored at the Australian PlantBank at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eucalyptus saxatilis". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Eucalyptus saxatilis". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  3. ^ Barlass, Tim (10 April 2016). "Scientists race to save 11 endangered plants in NSW". Sydney Morning Herald.