Box-Gum Grassy Woodland is a Nationally Threatened plant community that occurs on the inland slopes of the Great Dividing Range, across the States of Victoria, NSW and Qld. In parts of Victoria, this community is characterized by White Box and Yellow Box eucalypts.
What happens when White Box and Yellow Box collide? They embrace, of course.
This Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora) at left, and White Box (E. albens) are more than just neighbours; they have an intimate connection. Two of the Yellow Box’s branches have grown into its neighbour and the White Box has responded with amazing callous growth that has all but enclosed the offending Yellow Box branches.
This amazing relationship was found during a field workshop on Box-Grassy Grassy Woodlands at Boho. The Goulburn Broken CMA has funded support for landholders wanting to protect and rehabilitate this plant community. As part of this program expert botanist Doug Frood led a walk and discussion covering identification of the Box-Gum community, its relationship to similar plant communities and management options that landholders can use to improve the way that such sites are managed. It was a lesson in strategic tree-hugging.