Interim recovery plan no. 189
Gillian Stack and Gina Broun
Department of Conservation and Land Management
Western Australian Threatened Species and Communities Unit WA, March 2005
- Scaly-butt Mallee (Eucalyptus leprophloia) interim recovery plan 2004-2009 (PDF - 135 KB) | (RTF - 1.2 MB)
About the plan
Eucalyptus leprophloia was declared as Rare Flora in September 1987 and is ranked as Endangered under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950. It currently meets World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List criterion D under Endangered (IUCN 2000), as it is estimated that there is a total of about 50-90 individuals across six populations. Eucalyptus leprophloia is also listed as Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The main threats are farming operations, degraded habitat, edge effects, grazing and inappropriate fire regimes.
Eucalyptus leprophloia is an erect mallee to 5 m tall, with scaly, curly bark to 1 m and smooth grey over pale copper bark above. The juvenile leaves are up to 8 cm long and 6 cm wide, oval, bluish-green and dull. Adult leaves are up to 14 cm long and 2.5 cm wide and are also dull green. Egg-shaped buds are 7 mm long and 4 mm wide, on very short stalks. Flowers are creamy-white, forming cup-shaped fruits to 7 mm long and 6 mm wide (Brooker and Hopper 1993).