Department of Environment and Conservation
Wheatbelt Woodlands

SAP site KL28, Yarding Nature Reserve, 15.5km W of Bruce Rock



Location of sites used in the classification of this sub-community


Eucalyptus salicola (Salt Salmon Gum) Woodland

Group

Others

Code

Esali

Species Identification

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 Species
Eucalyptus 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.

Associated Species

Overstorey
Eucalyptus 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.

Understorey
The 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

15 sites

Average Species Richness

24.3 spp. per 100m(11 sites)

Reference Sites

MN15

Suggested by McQuoid
Baandee Lake, Great Eastern Hwy, Hines Hill   GPS   31 32 16.87  S      118 04 23.12  E
Doodlakine-Bruce Rock Rd, 4km S of Doodlakine
Lake Margarette, 15km N of Koorda

Sites

BS7

HY62

KL28

MD05-15-02

MD05-16-06

MD05-17-03

MN15

SPS046C

SPS093D

SPS095C

WWF005

WWF114

WWF139

WWF172

WWF204

Benchmark Description

Recruitment
Eucalyptus 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.

Comments

This community is threatened by increasing salinity and changes in hydrology. Further survey needed.