Callitris gracilis R.Baker

Slender Cypress-pine

J. Proc. Roy. Soc. New South Wales, ser. 2, 38: 839 (1904) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Broad conical tree to 20 m high, or straggly tree in less favourable habitats. Leaves 2–4(rarely to 8) mm long, dark green, occasionally glaucous, outer side rounded. Female cones single or in groups of 2 or more, ovoid to subglobose, usually 2.5–4 cm diam. when open, persistent; scales thick, permanently adhering toward base, dorsal surface finely to coarsely rugose, frequently with tubercles, with very small dorsal point near apex; columella not lobed, usually short and thick.

CVU, DunT, EGU, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, NSW. In open woodland on sandy rises mostly in north-west Victoria.

The thickness of the scales varies considerably among trees, even in the same area. See also notes under Callitris glaucophylla and C. verrucosa.

Previously included in Callitris preissii, but that name is restricted to near-coastal plants from the Perth and Rottnest Is areas in Western Australia. The cone-scales of C. preissii are regularly and conspicuously verrucose.

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, 2019-07-26
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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 gracilis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Callitris gracilis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales