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Eucalyptus mooreana

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Mountain white gum; King Leopold Range mallee

Eucalyptus mooreana, Family Myrtaceae, also known as Mountain White Gum and Moores
Gum, is a small, smooth, white-barked, crooked tree which can grow up to 9 m high. The
branchlets, foliage and inflorescences are mostly mealy-white. The leaves are stem-clasping,
leathery, heart-shaped, up to 15 cm long by 9 cm wide and are held in opposite pairs. The
stems, leaves and buds generally have a thick, waxy, powdery coating. The maroon buds are
in groups of 4Ð7 and open into pale yellow flowers. The buds and fruits have no individual
stalks but have a thick common stalk about 1 cm long. Bud caps are conical and protruding
fruit valves are strongly pointed. Flowering occurs from April to October.
Eucalyptus mooreana is distinguished from the related Kalumburu Gum (E. herbertiana) and
Halls Creek White Gum (E. cupularis) by its stem-clasping leaves (Brown et al., 1998).

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Eucalyptus mooreana

    Threats The main potential threats to Mountain White Gum are frequent fire and grazing.

    Too frequent fire was formerly a threat to all populations located on pastoral stations however five populations have since been included in conservation parks and the threat of frequent fire may have been reduced.

    The other known population; on a pastoral property; is still potentially threatened by frequent fire and grazing by cattle (Kelly et al.; 1995 DEC; 2008).