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Threatened species

Pygmy Cypress Pine - 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: Callitris oblonga
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 17 Sep 2019


Pygmy Cypress Pine is a bushy shrub, to about 5 m tall but usually less with a pine or ‘Christmas tree’ appearance. It has pale green foliage and grey-brown cones about 12 to 15 mm in diameter. It is generally smaller and grows in wetter, more easterly habitats than the more common Black Cypress Pine C. endlicheri or White Cypress Pine C. glaucophylla.


Pygmy Cypress Pine is represented by two subspecies in NSW and one in Tasmania. The subspecies parva occurs in northern NSW on the eastern edge of the New England Tablelands and the subspecies corangensis is only known to occur naturally in the Corang River catchment.

Habitat and ecology

  • Usually grows in sand along watercourses in shrubland and open woodland in granite country; it also occurs in drier sites, including exposed ridges.
  • Plants are naturally killed by flood-waters, but seed germinates readily and mature plants are quickly replaced.
  • A fast-growing species, which is killed by fire.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsArmidale Plateau Predicted East of Chandler River
New England TablelandsEbor Basalts Known None
New England TablelandsNightcap Known None
New England TablelandsRound Mountain Known None
New England TablelandsStanthorpe Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsWongwibinda Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known None
South Eastern HighlandsBungonia Known Corang River catchment and between Charleyong and Nerriga