Plant of the Month - Mallee

Plant of the Month – Mallees

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Plant of the Month: “I don’t mind at all if you call me a Mallee Boy.”

The famous song by John Williamson refers to the Mallee Region of Western Victoria an area famous for it’s stunted multi-stemmed Eucalypts known as Mallees.

The Mallee growth form is a fairly common characteristic developed across many of the Eucalypt groups with mallees being found in the Red Gum, Ironbark, Ribbon Gum and Stringybark groups. Within the upper Hunter area (Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook and Singleton Local Government areas) eight of the roughly eighty species found there are of mallee form.

Mallees in the Hunter are fairly restricted in range with Dwyer’s Mallee probably being the most common occurring throughout the Goulburn River National Park (GRNP) and others such as Eucalyptus aenea (no common name) and Broken Back Mallee (Eucalyptus fracta) only occurring in a couple of locations. With the exception of the Serpentinite Mallee they all occur in the sandstone country in the south of the region.

Eucalyptus moorei ssp serpentinicola form
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Serpentinite Mallee at Glenrock Station



Key to the Hunter Mallees

Ironbark

Eucalyptus fracta       

Broken Back Mallee

(Cessnock)

Smooth Bark

Shedding in plates or flakes

Dwyer’s Mallee

(GRNP)

Bark shedding as ribbons

Leaf venation sub parallel

Serpentinite Mallee

(Glenrock Station N of Ellerston)

Leaf venation not sub parallel

Narrow Leaved Mallee Ash  
(Wollemi NP)     

Whipstick Ash
(Wollemi NP)

(GRNP)

Bark Box like

Green Mallee

(between Owens Gap – Scone & GRNP)

Stringybark



Benson’s Stringybark

(Wollemi NP)

A couple of months ago we had a look at Leichhardt’s trip through the Hunter, a bit later J.H. Maiden did some exploring, here’s a podcast on his journey.