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Morrisby’s gum is a highly threatened tree from south-eastern Tasmania.
Restricted to just two locations in the wild, near Cremorne and Risdon, this species is at imminent risk of extinction due to land clearing for agriculture and changes in the frequency of fires.
Tree with smooth, light grey or pink over cream bark, sometimes with loose pieces of rough bark at the base of the trunk. It has round or lance-shaped, greyish-green leaves; white flowers and cylindrical fruit.
Morrisby’s gum is sometimes planted as an ornamental.
Eucalypts have evolved over the past 100 million years and are well adapted to dry, fire-prone climates. They can survive wildfires and burning triggers the release of their seeds for regeneration - but their highly flammable bark and oil can fuel devastating forest fires.
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Seeds are stored in our Millennium Seed Bank for long-term conservation of this species.
We aim to collect and bank more seed in the future from our own collections, and new locations in the wild, to protect as much genetic diversity as possible and increase planting in our gardens.