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Mt Canobolas Box - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Eucalyptus saxicola
Conservation status in NSW: Not listed
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 17 Aug 2012
Profile last updated: 07 Sep 2017


NOTE: this taxon is no longer considered by the Scientific Comittee to represent a taxon separate from Eucalyptus bridgesiana, and as a consequence it has been delisted from the TSC Act.

Mt Canobolas Box is a small tree, 6 - 15 m tall with box-like bark persistent on larger branches, then shed in long strips. Juvenile leaves are stemless, orb-shaped, becoming broadly oval-shaped, blue-green, with rounded teeth and slightly recurved edges. The leaf-tips are rounded and have a small pointed tip, and the leaf-base is heart-shaped. The leaves are opposite (becoming subopposite at about the fourth internode). Groups of seven-flowered clusters form in the angles where leaves join the stems.

The Scientific Committee has determined that  based on new information Eucalyptus saxicola J.T.Hunter is not currently recognised as a distinct taxon and therfore is no longer eligible to be listed as an Endangered species in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Act. Information reviewed by the Scientific Committee can be found in their determination of 17 August 2012.  The stands found at Mt Canobalas suggests the plant stature of E. saxicola appears to be environmentally determined and that it is synonymous with E. bridgesiana.


The taxon formerly known as Eucalyptus saxicola is found at Mt Canobolas near Orange within the Mt Canobolas State Recreation Area and is restricted to a few scattered stands over a distance of approximately one kilometre.

Habitat and ecology

  • The Mt Canobolas Box population is only known from a handful of small outcrops. The total population is estimated to be fewer than 200 individuals, with the stands discontinuous and scattered over the almost linear 1 km stretch on the northern flank of Mt Canobolas.
  • Found on and around the margins of acid volcanic rock outcrops.
  • Associated species include Eucalyptus canobolensis in the overstorey and Cassinia uncata, Phebalium squamulosum, Mirbelia oxylobioides, Dodonaea viscosa, Calytrix tetragona, Leptospermum myrtifolium and Leucopogon attenuatus in the understorey.
  • Eucalyptus saxicola is likely to be killed by intense or inappropriate fire.

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