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Threatened species

Narrow-leaved Black Peppermint - 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 nicholii
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 10 Dec 2020


A medium-sized tree 10-20 m tall with rough, thick, grey-brown bark which extends to the larger branches. Adult leaves are slightly broader than the juvenile leaves, and are a dull grey-green, 6-12 cm long and 5-10 mm wide and have a strong peppermint smell when crushed. The gumnuts are hemispherical or cone shaped, 2-5 mm long and 3-4 mm wide, and grow in groups of seven. Easily confused with <em>Eucalyptus acaciiformis<\em>.


This species is sparsely distributed but widespread on the New England Tablelands from Nundle to north of Tenterfield, being most common in central portions of its range. Found largely on private property and roadsides, and occasionally in conservation reserves. Planted as urban trees, windbreaks and corridors.

Habitat and ecology

  • Typically grows in dry grassy woodland, on shallow soils of slopes and ridges. Found primarily on infertile soils derived from granite or metasedimentary rock.
  • Seedling recruitment is common, even in disturbed soils, if protected from grazing and fire.
  • Tends to grow on lower slopes in the landscape.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NandewarPeel Known None
New England TablelandsArmidale Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsBeardy River Hills Predicted None
New England TablelandsBinghi Plateau Predicted None
New England TablelandsBundarra Downs Known None
New England TablelandsDeepwater Downs Known None
New England TablelandsEastern Nandewars Known None
New England TablelandsEbor Basalts Predicted None
New England TablelandsGlenn Innes-Guyra Basalts Known None
New England TablelandsMoredun Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsNightcap Predicted None
New England TablelandsNortheast Forest Lands Predicted None
New England TablelandsRound Mountain Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Known None
New England TablelandsStanthorpe Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsTenterfield Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsTingha Plateau Predicted None
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsWongwibinda Plateau Known None
New England TablelandsYarrowyck-Kentucky Downs Predicted None
NSW North CoastChaelundi Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Gorges Known None