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McKie's Stringybark - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Eucalyptus mckieana
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 21 Jan 2019


A medium sized tree about 25 m tall with red-brown stringy or fibrous bark extending to the ends of the branches. The juvenile leaves are bristly and very narrow, and adult leaves are glossy or grey-green, 6 - 9 cm long and 1 - 2 cm wide. The gumnuts are ball-shaped, 5 - 7 mm wide, and grow clustered in groups of eleven or more. Eucalyptus mckieana is one of a group of related stringybark species which have hairy seedlings, reticulate venation (i.e. forming a network) on the adult leaves, numerous oil glands, buds in 7’s or more and inflorescences which are axillary (in the leaf axis), not clustered terminally. The species is distinguished by the ascending disc of the fruits, the clearly stalked buds and fruits, and the concolorous leaves. The juvenile leaves are also narrower than in related species.


Confined to the drier western side of the New England Tablelands of NSW, from Torrington to Bendemeer. Most populations occur on private property, but it does occur in Kings Plain National Park, Torrington State Conservation Area and Severn River Nature Reserve.

Habitat and ecology

  • Flowers are white, with a flowering period of March to May.
  • The species is remarkable for its very narrow and numerous sucker leaves, the narrowest of all the stringybarks and which persist to a height of 2 to 4 metres.
  • Eucalyptus mckieana is found in grassy open forest or woodland on poor sandy loams, most commonly on gently sloping or flat sites.
  • Associated species at Northern Tablelands sites include Angophora floribunda, Eucalyptus amplifolia, Eucalyptus andrewsii, Eucalyptus bridgesiana, Eucalyptus youmanii, Eucalyptus nicholii, Eucalyptus blakelyi and Eucalyptus conica, and at North Western Slopes sites Eucalyptus andrewsii, Eucalyptus stannicola, Eucalyptus prava and Angophora floribunda.
  • Resprouts from epicormic buds after fire.
  • McKie’s Stringybark is locally abundant, forming in places a moderately dense forest in association with other local trees. A single population of 33 plants is known from Torrington State Conservation Area. Plants have also been recorded in populations with abundances of locally common to locally abundant

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsBeardy River Hills Predicted None
New England TablelandsBinghi Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsBundarra Downs Known None
New England TablelandsEastern Nandewars Known None
New England TablelandsGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Known None
New England TablelandsMoredun Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsTingha Plateau Known None