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Species profile—Callitris baileyi (Bailey's cypress)


Plantae (plants) → Equisetopsida (land plants) → CupressaceaeCallitris baileyi (Bailey's cypress)

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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Callitris baileyi C.T.White
Common name
Bailey's cypress
WildNet taxon ID
Alternate name(s)
cypress pine
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Near threatened
Conservation significant
Pest status
Short Notes
Gymnosperm, BRI 192911, handwriting of author, status designated by A.Farjon
Callitris baileyi is a slender tree growing to a height of 18m with rough greyish bark, and a green crown. The adult leaves are 2-5mm long and have a sharp ridge running along the back. The leaves are arranged in groups of three, parallel with the stem. The branchlets appear grooved due to the base of the leaves running down the stem as a wing.
Male and female cones occur on the same tree. Male cones are 2-3mm long and on ends of branchlets. Female cones are solitary on slender fruiting branchlets and are waxy, greyish-blue during development. The oblong cones measure 10-13mm in diameter and the alternate scales on the cones are shorter and narrower. The central stalk of the cone is short, narrow at the base and slightly angled. The seeds are few in number, with two unequal wings. (Stanley & Ross 1983; DEC 2005; Harden & Thompson 2008)
Callitris baileyi is found sporadically throughout south-east Queensland, from the state border to Goomeri in the north and west to the Bunya Mountains. A small population exists in north-eastern New South Wales, near the Queensland border. (DEC 2005; Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-26.2203585, 151.5010801
-28.2484079, 153.1538889
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Callitris baileyi grows on rocky slopes, hilly or mountainous areas, in shallow and often clay soils. It is found in eucalypt woodland, commonly associated with ironbark, blue gum and spotted gum. The New South Wales population occurs in an open grassy eucalypt forest near a creek. (DEC 2005; Stanley & Ross 1983)
Most cypress pines are fire sensitive. This species almost always grows on hillsides. (DEC 2005)
Fruiting has been recorded all year round.
Contributors: Geoff Sinclair 28/04/1999; Tony Bean, Mellisa Mayhew 16/02/2009
Department of Environment and Climate Change (2005). Bailey's Cypress Pine - profile, in Threatened Species: Species, populations and ecological communities of New South Wales. Department of Environment and Climate Change. Accessed 25/09/2008.
Harden, G.J. & Thompson, J. (2008). Callitris baileyi, in PlantNet: New South Wales Flora Online. National Herbarium of New South Wales. Accessed 25/09/2008.
Herbrecs (2008). Callitris baileyi, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 25/09/2008.
Stanley, T.D. & Ross, E.M. (1983). Flora of south-eastern Queensland (volume 3). Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane.
Profile author
Tony Bean (16/02/2009)

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This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0.

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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8 March 2022