Eucalyptus astringens (Maiden) Maiden

Brown Mallet

Crit. Revis. Eucalyptus 7: 55 (1924) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tree to 15 m tall; bark smooth, pale grey over orange, becoming brown or coppery and somewhat shiny, usually with small curled flakes of persistent dead bark on lower part of trunk; branches steeply angled. Juvenile leaves petiolate, alternate, ovate-lanceolate, to 10 cm long, 6 cm wide, dull grey-green; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate, rarely falcate, 6–14 cm long, 1–2.5(–3.5) cm wide, concolorous, glossy, green; reticulation moderate with numerous island and intersectional oil glands. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles flattened, to 3.4 cm long, 7-flowered; buds pedicellate, stubby to elongate, swollen at joint, to 1.9 cm long, 0.7 cm diam., scar present; operculum horn-shaped, often much longer than hypanthium; stamens erect; anthers versatile, dorsifixed, oblong; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers cream to pale lemon. Fruit pedicellate, cupular to campanulate, to 1.2 cm long, 1 cm diam.; disc level to descending; valves 3 or 4, level or above rim; seed grey-black, ovoid to flattened-ovoid, with distinct shallow reticulum, hilum ventral. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

*CVU, *VVP. Native to Western Australia, known in Victoria from a single population near Bacchus Marsh.

This species has been grown in Victoria to stabilise eroding soils.  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-08
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-11-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Eucalyptus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eucalyptus astringens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus astringens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia