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Threatened species

Barren Mountain Mallee - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Eucalyptus approximans
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 21 Nov 2018


A small multi-trunked tree 4 - 6 m tall. It has smooth, steely grey-green or white bark which sheds in ribbons. The straight or slightly curved adult leaves are thick and glossy green, 0.5 - 1 cm wide and up to 10 cm long. The warty, club-shaped flower buds are thickly clustered in groups of seven below the foliage and the gumnuts are 6 - 9 mm long and shaped like a straight-sided or slightly flared cup.


Confined to NSW where it is known only from Barren Mountain near Deervale east of Ebor. It is locally abundant in this area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Heathy shrubland with thin, nutrient-poor soils at altitudes over 1350 m.
  • Rainfall is high, and frosts and snow can occur in winter. Water-shortages and water-logging both occur frequently.
  • The species usually forms dense clumps with numerous shrubs, ferns and sedges beneath them
  • The species rarely coexists with other species of Eucalyptus, apparently because its preferred substrate is usually too shallow for the other trees to inhabit.
  • E. approximans has been observed to resprout from a basal lignotuber after fire.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsEbor Basalts Known Above 1000 m in altitude
New England TablelandsRound Mountain Known None