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Eucalyptus morrisbyi

Morrisby’s gum

About the plant

This gum tree is endemic to south-eastern Tasmania. There are just two known natural populations, by Calverts Hill and Risdon, with about 2,000 plants in total.

  • Endangered

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Cultural use
    Plant has cultural uses, these might be every day or ceremonial
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
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Facts

  • Endemic to south-eastern Tasmania
  • High in volatile oils
  • A natural insecticide
  • Threatened by agricultural expansion

Seed collecting

We grew our specimen in the Temperate House from seeds collected from the wild by the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre. By 2027 our specimens should be ready for us to harvest more seed to add to the Millennium Seed Bank in Wakehurst.

While protecting the populations at Calverts Hill, we’re also collecting seeds from new locations. Several old forgotten orchards have been rediscovered and these populations offer the chance of recovering as much genetic diversity as possible.


Eucalypts

Australian forests were once covered in a diverse tropical flora. Eucalypts have evolved over the past 100 million years, and are well adapted to dry climates and regular burning. Eucalypt forest now dominates the Australian continent, accounting for about 75% of its vegetation.

This is Australia’s most threatened eucalyptus
  • Endangered

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Cultural use
    Plant has cultural uses, these might be every day or ceremonial
  • Material
    Plant provides materials for manufacturing either fibre or timber
  • Medicine
    Plant or components of this plant are used in medicine
  • Click on icon to reveal more