Nature conservation

Threatened species

Northern Blue Box - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Eucalyptus magnificata
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 07 Jul 2000
Profile last updated: 14 Jun 2020


A medium-sized tree to 15 m tall, though usually shorter, and which occasionally grows as a multi-stemmed mallee. Rough grey and white fibrous-flaky bark extends to the top of the trunk, while the branches being smooth and grey. It has circular, dull green juvenile leaves, and more elongated, glossy blue-green adult leaves, 5 - 10 cm long and 4 - 6 cm wide. The gumnuts are cone-shaped, 7 - 10 mm long and 6 - 9 mm in diameter, and grow in groups of seven. It flowers from November to April.


Known in NSW from only a few widely separate populations on the New England Tablelands, around Hillgrove east of Armidale and in the Glen Innes and Tenterfield region, where they occur individually or in small populations. Most populations occur on travelling stock routes or private property. Only a single population occurs in a conservation reserve, in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. The species also occurs in two Queensland locations.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grassy open forest or woodland on shallow, sandy or loamy soils.
  • Occurs on moderately hilly sites and at the edge of gorges, usually at altitudes from 900 - 1050 m.
  • Known populations are small, numbering 5-400 plants per location.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsArmidale Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsDeepwater Downs Known None
New England TablelandsGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Predicted None
New England TablelandsNightcap Predicted None
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Known None
New England TablelandsRound Mountain Known None
New England TablelandsTenterfield Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsWongwibinda Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastMacleay Gorges Known None