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Bailey's cypress – Callitris baileyi

Common name

Bailey's cypress

Scientific name

Callitris baileyi




Pinopsida (conifers)


Cupressaceae (Cupressaceae)

NCA status

Near threatened

EPBC status


Wetland indicator


Unknown endemicity - native


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)


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)


Fruiting has been recorded all year round.


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Threatening Processes

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Human uses

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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.


Contributors: Geoff Sinclair 28/04/1999; Tony Bean, Mellisa Mayhew 16/02/2009

Further resources

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Bailey's cypress – Callitris baileyi, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 12 December 2018, <>.

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