Skip to content


The dominant plant species over much of the Reserve is the Grey box Eucalyptus microcarpa , and this determines the vegetation type of the Reserve - 'Grey Box Grassy Woodland'.

Woodland vegetation is characterised by the dominant trees having large canopies relative to their height, and trees being spaced apart such that their canopies do not overlap one another. The 'Box' eucalypts are a distinct group which have a characteristic bark type of short, interlaced fibrous strands which extend up the trunk as far as the major branches. In favourable conditions the grey box may reach 25m in height.

More than 550 species of plants have been recorded in Waite Conservation Reserve. Download a complete plant list prepared by Dr Peter Lang, Senior Botanist, State Herbarium of SA, Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, Department for Environment and Water.

6 species in Waite Conservation Reserve have conservation status in Southern Lofty.

Urrbrae House Historic Precinct

Telephone: 8313 7497 or 83137110

Urrbrae House Facebook page

Waite Arboretum

Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405

Waite Arboretum Facebook page

Waite Conservation Reserve

Telephone: +61 8 8313 7405

Waite Conservation Reserve Facebook page

Postal Address

Waite Campus
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005