Department of Environment and Conservation
Wheatbelt Woodlands

Location of sites used in the classification of this community

Eucalyptus spathulata (Swamp Mallet) Woodland




See the report by Harvey and Keighery for sub-communities recognised by Keighery (Appendix 1), Gibson et al. (Appendix 2) and Griffin (Appendix 3). Many of these correspond to the sub-communities presented here, as is shown in the right hand columns of the tables in the appendices, but there are some unusual groups that are not recognised in this classification.



Species Identification

M allet, to 8-10m, with a dense crown (EUCLID). Bark smooth, satin-like throughout, silvery grey over coppery pink and bronze. Mature buds ovoid, hypanthium wider that long conical operculum. Flowers w hite, recorded in October, January, February. (For this and more information see EUCLID; Brooker & Kleinig; FloraBase.)

Eucalyptus spathulata subsp. spathulata
is a mallet with bluish adult leaves, 0.25-0.5cm wide; buds 7 per umbel; fruit 0.4-0.7 cm long, 0.4-0.6 cm wide. It occupies the southern part of the distribution of the species, from Lake Grace and Newdegate to Ongerup and Wagin.
Eucalyptus spathulata subsp. salina is a mallet with green adult leaves, 0.35-0.7cm wide; buds 3 or 7 per umbel; fruit 0.6-0.8 cm long, 0.6-0.65 cm wide. It occupies the northern part of the distribution of the species (EUCLID) and is classified as a poorly know taxa, Priority 3 species.
Eucalyptus spathulata subsp. grandiflora is now known as E. alipes.

Soils and Landform

Grey sand, pale brown sandy clay over granite, saline soils. Flats, broad valley floors, saline depressions, edges of salt lakes, rises.

Associated Species

A variety of melaleuca species have been recorded under Eucalyptus spathulata including Melaleuca acuminata, M. pauperiflora, M. thyoides, M. lateriflora, M. stobophylla, M. brophyi and  M. uncinata group. Bossiaea halophila, Gahnia ancistrophylla and Brachyscome lineariloba typify these saline, calcareous low lying areas.

Number of Sites and Polygons

3 sites and 3 polygons

Species Richness

13.0 spp. per 100m2  (1 site)

Reference Sites

Suggested by McQuoid
E. spathulata subsp. spathulata
  Ongerup Golf Course   GPS 33 57 56.4 S      118 29 37.4 E
  Ongerup North Rd, 10km N of Ongerup, surrounding a saline lake   GPS 33 52 12.3 S      118 28 43.1 E
  Lake Ewlyamartup, 17km E of Katanning   GPS 33 41 34.2 S      117 44 55.1 E
E. spathulata subsp. salina
  Salt River crossing, Yoting North Rd, Mt Stirling
  North side of Yenyenning Lakes, SE of Beverley









Further survey needed.