The Meelup mallee is known from a single population in the Cape Naturaliste area of south-west Western Australia. It is a clonal species and although there are 25 stems they are genetically identical. The distance of stems between each other indicates that the plant may be up to 6600 years old.
Meelup Mallee |
Eucalyptus x phylacis
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Eucalyptus phylacis
The main factors that are the cause of the species being eligible for listing in the endangered category are its very low number of mature individuals; as well as threats from insect damage; aerial canker; and inappropriate fire regimes; road maintenance activities; low genetic diversity; and poor regeneration.
Threats The threats operating include weeds; insect damage; aerial canker; and inappropriate fire regimes; low genetic diversity; poor regeneration; and road maintenance activities.