Eucalyptus capillosa (Wheatbelt Wandoo) Woodland
Wheatbelt Wandoo over HerbsWheatbelt Wandoo over ScrubSee also Salmon Gum and Wheatbelt Wandoo See the report by Harvey & 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.
Tree, to 20m. Bark smooth. Flowers w hite, from February to April. (For this and more information see EUCLID; Brooker & Kleinig; FloraBase; French.)Other Subspecies and Similar SpeciesEucalyptus capillosa was separated taxonomically from E. wandoo in 1991 and is distinguished from it by having scabrid seedling leaves, a seasonal orange hue to the bark, glaucous branchlets and a more easterly distribution. E. capillosa occurs in separate populations from E. wandoo and, whilst both may occur in the same area (such as at Quairading), they inhabit different landscape positions (P. White pers. comm.).The mallee form is E. capillosa subsp. polyclada.
Soils and Landform
Red, w hite or grey sand, sandy loam, clay. Decomposing granitic breakaways.
Eucalyptus capillosa forms open woodlands with a diverse understory, with or without a shrub layer and a mixture of perennial herbs, annuals, geophytes, sedges and grasses. Other trees, mallees and tall shrubs may be present. UpperstoreyE. capillosa often occurs with E. salmonophloia, and occasionally occurs with E. salubris, E. loxophleba subsp. loxophleba and E. transcontinentalis. Occasionally there are mallee E. loxophleba subsp. lissophloia, E. erythronema and E. moderata and Callitris canescens where the woodland is more open. UnderstoreyUnderstorey species include tall shrubs of Acacia acuminata and Allocasuarina acutivalvis, over medium shrubs Acacia hemiteles, Santalum acuminata, S. spicatum, Melaleuca uncinata group, Acacia hemiteles, Olearia muelleri. Low shrubs that may be present include Acacia acuaria, A. erinacea, Nemcia tricuspidata, Gastrolobium trilobum, Hakea lissocarpha. Ground covers include Borya spp., Lomandra effusa, Austrostipa spp. and a variety of annuals such as Trachymene cyanopetala, Austrostipa elegantissima, Waitzia acuminata, Velleia cycnopotamica, Thysanotus patersonii, Austrodanthonia setacea group, Amphipogon caricinus-strictus complex, Goodenia berardiana and Rhodanthe laevis.
Number of Sites and Polygons
Average Species Richness
33.0 spp. per 100m2 (17 sites)
See benchmark description for Eucalyptus wandoo (Wandoo) Woodland.