Callitris rhomboidea R.Br. ex Rich.

Oyster Bay Pine

Comm. Bot. Conif. Cycad. 47, t. 8 fig. 1 (1826) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Columnar or conical tree, or scraggy shrub, to 6 m high, branches fastigiate, erect or spreading. Leaves 1–4 (rarely to 7) mm long, deep- or silver-green, often glaucous, outer side keeled (giving stem an angular appearance). Female cones densely clustered, globose to subglobose, 1–2.5 cm diam. when open, brown, wrinkled when dry, persistent; scales thick, usually permanently adhering toward base, dorsal surface generally finely rugose, without tubercles, with prominent broadly conical dorsal point; larger alternate scales widened upwards, others much reduced in size; columella 3-lobed, short.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, NIS, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Scattered on coastal granitic hills in far eastern Victoria, and frequent on sandstone ridges in the Grampians region and on mallee sandhills. Nine trees in Kinglake National Park near Steels Creek were apparently introduced in 1962, while the origins of stands in the Christmas Hills and Point Lonsdale areas are unknown.

See note under Callitris oblonga.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Conifers (Pinophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-12
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
class Pinopsida
order Pinales
family Cupressaceae
genus Callitris
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Callitris rhomboidea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Callitris rhomboidea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory