Species Profile and Threats Database

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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Eucalyptus camfieldii (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008nx) [Conservation Advice].
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan not required, included on the Not Commenced List (1/11/2009).
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument].
State Government
    Documents and Websites
NSW:Camfield's Stringybark - profile (NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (NSW DECCW), 2005dn) [Internet].
State Listing Status
NSW: Listed as Vulnerable (Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (New South Wales): December 2013 list)
Scientific name Eucalyptus camfieldii [15460]
Family Myrtaceae:Myrtales:Magnoliopsida:Magnoliophyta:Plantae
Species author Maiden
Infraspecies author  
Reference Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 54 (15 Nov. 1920) 66.
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

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Scientific name: Eucalyptus camfieldii

Common name: Camfield's Stringybark

Other names: Heart-leaved Stringybark

Camfield's Stringybark varies between a mallee-like shrub of 4 m or less in height to a straggly tree up to 9 m high (Leigh et al. 1984). The greyish-brown bark is rough, fibrous, stringy, irregularly and coarsely fissured (Brooker & Kleinig 1999). The flowers are white (Benson & McDougall 1998), and the juvenile leaves are round to heart shaped and roughly hairy. Adult leaves are broadly lance-shaped, 10 cm long by 3 cm wide and glossy green. The stalkless buds are egg-shaped and 8 mm long in clusters of eleven or more with a conical cap. The fruit is flattened and globe-shaped, 9 mm across, with valves enclosed or tips protruding (DEC 2005).

Camfield's Stringybark was originally known from as far south as Bulli Pass (near Wollongong) (Hall & Brooker 1973b) and as far north as Gosford (Brooker & Kleinig 1999). In NSW, this species is now known only from a very few small stands confined mainly to the national parks north and south of Sydney. Two or three populations also remain within the metropolitan area on a rifle range, on Crown land and on private land (Leigh et al. 1984).

Populations are known at Norah Head (Tuggerah Lakes), Peats Ridge, Mt Colah, Elvina Bay Trail (West Head), Terrey Hills, Killara, North Head, Menai, Wattamolla and a few other sites in Royal National Park (Fairley 2004).

Camfield's Stringybark is known to occur in the following reserves (Briggs & Leigh 1996; Robinson 1991; Threatened Species Scientific Committee 2008nx):

  • Sydney Harbour National Park
  • Heathcote National Park
  • Brisbane Waters National Park
  • Ku-ring-gai National Park
  • Munmorah State Conservation Area
  • Garawarra State Conservation Area
  • Lion Island, Long Island and Spectacle Island Nature Reserves
  • Royal National Park.

Camfield's Stringybark occurs mostly in small scattered stands in exposed situations on sandstone plateaus, ridges and slopes near the coast, often on the boundary of tall coastal heaths or low open woodland (Chippendale 1988; Leigh et al. 1984; Maiden 1920). It grows in shallow sandy soils overlying Hawkesbury sandstone. Most sites are subject to great seasonal variations in soil moisture (Leigh et al. 1984). Associated species frequently include stunted specimens of Narrow-leaved Stringbark (Eucalyptus oblonga), Brown Stringybark (E. capitellata), Scribbly Gum (E. haemastoma), Angophora costata, Corymbia gummifera, A. hispida, E. sieberi, Allocasuarina distyla, Leptospermum trinervium and Banksia oblongifolia (Benson & McDougall 1998; Leigh et al. 1984).

Flowering occurs from August to December, although flowering in May and June has also been recorded (Brooker & Kleinig 1999; Leigh et al. 1984). This species has an extensive lignotuber, up to 25 m across, so what appears to be a large number of plants may be only one, or few individuals. This lignotuber resprouts after fire, along with epicormic buds (Benson & McDougall 1998).

The ability of Camfield's Stringybark to recover following a succession of frequent wildfires is likely to decline as trees fail to bear mature capsules and regeneration becomes entirely from coppice regrowth (Leigh et al. 1984). Lack of fire over extended periods also affects the ability of trees to survive or reproduce. Trees at a North Heads, NSW, were noted in the 1980's to be dying. This was considered due to the long absence of fire (30 years) and resultant competition from taller vegetation (Benson & McDougall 1998).

Habitat clearing and weed invasion are also identified as threats to the species (DEC 2005).

The NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW, formerly DEC) have identified the following priority actions to assist in protection of this species (DEC 2005):

  • Reduce the impact of arson eg. buffer zones around arson-prone areas to prevent spread of fire, as well as buffers around populations.
  • Where fuel reduction is required to protect human life and property, mechanical means that leave populations intact should be pursued in preference to burning.
  • Protect areas of known and potential habitat from clearing and disturbance.
  • Prevent further loss and fragmentation of habitat.
  • Investigate appropriate fire intervals and management practices.
  • Undertake surveys within potential habitat.

The NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC 2006) has prepared a Threat Abatement Plan for invasion of native plant communities by Chrysanthemoides monilifera (Bitou Bush and Boneseed), a weed species that may impact on Camfield's Stringybark.

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or habitat degradation by weeds Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Eucalyptus camfieldii (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008nx) [Conservation Advice].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate and/or changed fire regimes (frequency, timing, intensity) Eucalyptus camfieldii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006io) [Internet].
Residential and Commercial Development:Housing and Urban Areas:Habitat loss, modification and fragmentation due to urban development Eucalyptus camfieldii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006io) [Internet].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low genetic diversity and genetic inbreeding Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Eucalyptus camfieldii (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008nx) [Conservation Advice].
Species Stresses:Indirect Species Effects:Low numbers of individuals Eucalyptus camfieldii in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006io) [Internet].

Benson, D. & L. McDougall (1998). Ecology of Sydney plant species: Part 6 Dicotyledon family Myrtaceae. Cunninghamia. 5(4):809-987. Sydney: NSW Royal Botanic Gardens.

Briggs, J.D. & J.H. Leigh (1996). Rare or Threatened Australian Plants - Revised Edition. Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing.

Brooker, M.I.H. & D.A. Kleinig (1999). Field Guide to Eucalypts. Volume 1, South-eastern Australia. Hawthorn, Victoria: Bloomings Books.

Chippendale, G.M. (1988). Myrtaceae - Eucalyptus, Angophora. In: Flora of Australia. 19:1-540. Canberra: AGPS.

Fairley, A (2004). Seldom seen: rare plants of greater Sydney. Sydney: Reed New Holland.

Hall, N. & Brooker, I. (1973b). Camfield's Stringybark; Eucalyptus camfieldii. Forest Tree Series. 94. Canberra, Australian Govt. Publishing Service.

Leigh, J., R. Boden & J. Briggs (1984). Extinct and Endangered Plants of Australia. Melbourne, Victoria: Macmillan.

Maiden, J.H. (1920). Descriptions of three new species of Eucalyptus. Journal and proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales. 54:66.

NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW DECC) (2006). NSW Threat Abatement Plan - Invasion of native plant communities by Chrysanthemoides monilifera (Bitou Bush and Boneseed). Hurstville, NSW: NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change.

NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) (2005). Camfield's Stringybark- Threatened Species Profile. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 08-May-2010].

Robinson, L. (1991). Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, 2nd Edition. Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, NSW.

Threatened Species Scientific Committee (2008nx). Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Eucalyptus camfieldii. [Online]. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Available from:

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Eucalyptus camfieldii in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:40:11 +1000.