#CreatureFeature – Eucalyptus wandoo

Eucalyptus wandoo is a vulnerable species native in the bottom half of Western Australia. It is commonly known as white gum, wandoo or dooto.  The tree typically grows to a height of 3 to 30m. 

The tree trunk tends to appear white, straight and takes up more than 60% of the tree’s height. The trees’ growth rate is slow but can have a long lifetime of 150 years, some exceed a lifetime of 400 years. 

The tree forms a tube at the base of the trunk and contains epicormic buds, which can help protect the tree against fires and drought. Young trees and saplings regrowth have rough and fibrous yellow-brown bark and a powdery coating on the stems that become smoother and less powdery as the tree matures.  Young plants have blue-green leaf regrowth. Adult leaves have a slightly similar shade of greyish-green or greyish-blue on both sides and can appear glossy. 

Photo credit: Gnangarra

Wandoo is a native that occurs in the south-west of Western Australia from Morawa extending to the Darling Range to the Stirling Range. It grows on sandy loams, clay loams or dark brown loamy soils and stony soils. 

From early Summer through to Autumn and Winter, Carnaby cockatoos use the older trees as hollows for the nesting seasons.  The Indigenous Noongar people also used wandoo as a medicine plant with antibacterial properties in the leaves. 

The Eucalyptus wandoo has been categorised as vulnerable. Threats to the species include human use of land and urbanisation. 

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_wandoo

Paige Kirby – Biodiversity Program Trainee

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