ENDANGERED INDIGENOUS TREE
Buxton Gum / Silver Gum
As part of the Ribbons of Green program, we have recently discovered a very rare Buxton Gum / Silver Gum tree growing on the College grounds. There are fewer than 670 plants remaining in only two wild populations north-east of Melbourne. This discovery was apart of the partnership with the Yarra Ranges Shire to revegetate the College.
The Buxton Gum is listed as Endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. The species is the only member of the Eucalyptus series Crenuluae. The species was named from material collected in the Acheron Valley, near Buxton in 1938. The species name is from the Latin, crenulatus, minutely crenate. This refers to the scalloped leaf edges.