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Species profile—Atalaya collina


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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Atalaya collina S.T.Reynolds
WildNet taxon ID
Alternate name(s)
Yarwun whitewood
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) status
Conservation significant
Pest status
Atalaya collina is a small spreading tree to 5m tall, with light grey rough bark. Leaves are compound with one or two pairs of leaflets. Leaflets are glossy green in colour, paler green below and narrowly elliptic in shape, to 7cm long. Flowers are small, cream coloured, up to 8mm in diameter and form dense clusters. The fruit is single seeded with an expanded dry, papery wing, 2.5-4cm long and occurs in clusters of 2 or 3. (Harden et al. 2006; DEWHA 2008)
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Atalaya collina is found in the Mt. Sugarloaf area near Gladstone and south near Nagoorin in central-eastern Queensland. (DEWHA 2008; Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-23.8734212, 151.0916666
-24.4147223, 151.2266667
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Atalaya collina occurs in semi-evergreen vine thicket or dry rainforest. Surface soils are moderately drained, brownish-black clay loams overlying clay subsoils. Both known populations occur in partially cleared highly disturbed areas. (DEWHA 2008)
Threatening processes
Increased exposure due to clearing of the surrounding habitat, grazing, and possible insect predation and fire impacts.
Contributors: Weslawa Misiak 16/09/1998; Ailsa Holland, Mellisa Mayhew 27/01/2009
Barry, S.J. & Thomas, G.T. (1994). Threatened Vascular Rainforest Plants of South-east Queensland: A Conservation Review. Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage.
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2008). Atalaya collina in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra. Accessed 23/09/2008.
Harden. G., McDonald, B. and Williams, J. (2006). Rainforest trees and shrubs - a field guide to their identification. Gwen Harden Publishing, Nambucca Heads.
Herbrecs (2008). Atalaya collina, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 23/09/2008.
Reynolds, S.T. (1991). New Species and Changes in Sapindaceae from Queensland. Austrobaileya 3(3): 489-501.
Profile author
Ailsa Holland (27/01/2009)

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Data source

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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Last updated
8 March 2022
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