Eucalyptus obliqua L’Hér.

Messmate Stringybark

Sert. Angl. 18 (1788) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tree to 90 m tall; bark rough to the small branches, stringy. Juvenile leaves petiolate, opposite for few pairs then alternate, broadly ovate, oblique, pendulous, to 19 cm long, 8 cm wide, glossy, green; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, broadly lanceolate, oblique, 10–13 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm wide, concolorous, glossy, green; reticulation moderate, with numerous island oil glands or glands irregular or obscure. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles to 1.5 cm long, 7–15(or more)-flowered; buds pedicellate, clavate, to 0.7 cm long, 0.4 cm diam., no scar (single operculum); operculum hemispherical; stamens irregularly flexed; anthers dorsifixed, reniform; ovules in 2 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit pedicellate, barrel-shaped or truncate-globose, to 1.1 cm long, 0.9 cm diam.; disc descending; valves 3 or 4, below rim; seed dark brown, glossy, smooth, pyramidal but distorted by one curved face, hilum terminal. Flowers Dec.–Mar.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Widely distributed across southern Victoria and extending inland to the northern fall of the Great Dividing Range, and the mountains of south and east Gippsland. Mainly a species of cool, well-watered mountain forests, but also common in sandy heaths of the Otway coast west to South Australia.

Hybridizes with E. regnans (see notes under that species) and possibly E. macrorhyncha (see E. ×brevirostris).

Source: Brooker, M.I.H.; Slee, A.V. (1996). Eucalyptus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-07-02
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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 obliqua in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus obliqua in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory