Eucalyptus salicola (Salt Salmon Gum) Woodland
Tree, to 15(-25)m. Bark smooth throughout, at times powdery, w hite to pale grey over salmon pink. Flowers cream, yellow, from January to March. (For this and more information see EUCLID; Brooker & Kleinig; FloraBase.)Similar SpeciesEucalyptus salicola looks similar to E. salmonophloia, both having salmon bark and similar form. However, E. salicola is differentiated by having orbicular sessile juvenile leaves; ovoid to fusiform buds; adnate anthers; non-exerted valves in the fruit; and a saline habitat.
Soils and Landform
Yellow or red sand, red clay, loam and gypseous sands. Around salt lakes and salt pans.
OverstoreyEucalyptus salicola may occur with E. loxophleba subsp. supralaevis, E. salubris and E. myriadena, and mallees such as E. annulata and E. brachycorys. Low trees of Callitris columellaris and Pittosporum angustifolium may also be present. UnderstoreyThe understorey consists of a wide variety of shrubs, grasses and herbs. It may include Melaleuca scalena, Enchylaena lanata/tomentosa complex, Rhagodia drummondii, Olearia dampieri, over Austrostipa elegantissima, Lomandra effusa and Calandrinia eremaea.
Number of Sites and Polygons
Average Species Richness
24.3 spp. per 100m2 (11 sites)
RecruitmentEucalyptus salicola does not have a lignotuber (EUCLID) and regenerates from seed. It is probably killed by hot fires but, as it grows on salt lake margins which are not prone to fire, it may need a catastrophic fire or storm to regenerate. It has epicormic buds (EUCLID), so would resprout from the trunk and stem after mild fires.
This community is threatened by increasing salinity and changes in hydrology. Further survey needed.