McKie's stringybark  |  

Eucalyptus mckieana

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Eucalyptus mckieana, Family Myrtaceae, also known as McKieÕs Stringybark, is a medium
sized tree to 30 m high, usually straight-trunked with red-brown stringy or fibrous bark
extending to the ends of the branches (Quinn et al., 1995). The juvenile leaves are bristly and
very narrow, and adult leaves are glossy or grey-green, 6Ð9 cm long and 1Ð2 cm wide. The
fruits are ball-shaped, 5Ð7 mm wide, and grow clustered in groups of eleven or more (Harden,
1991). McKieÕs Stringybark is one of a group of related stringybark species that have hairy
seedlings, reticulate venation (i.e. forming a network) on the adult leaves, numerous oil
glands, buds in 7-formation or more, and inflorescences that are axillary (in the leaf axis), not
clustered terminally (DECC, 2005). The species is distinguished by the ascending disc of the
fruits, the clearly stalked buds and fruits, and leaves having the same colour on both sides.
The juvenile leaves are also narrower than in related species (DECC, 2005).

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Eucalyptus mckieana

    Weed invasion and inappropriate fire regimes in habitat areas are also potential threats to the species.