Eucalyptus leucoxylon subsp. connata Rule

Melbourne Yellow Gum

in K.Rule, Muelleria 7: 394 (1991) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Tree to 20 m tall. Not waxy. Juvenile leaves to 8 cm long, 7.5 cm wide, pairs often connate, persisting sometimes into the mature tree; adult leaves to 14 cm long, 2.5 cm wide; buds globular. Flowers yellowish-white; ovules in 4 vertical rows. Fruit to 0.8 cm long, 1.1 cm diam.; valves (5–)6(–7;) pedicel as long as or longer than fruit.

CVU, GipP, HSF, OtP, VVP. The main concentration of E. leucoxylon subsp. connata is in the Brisbane Ranges between Bacchus Marsh and Geelong, where it grows on skeletal soils. Also grows on skeletal soils at Long Forest between Bacchus Marsh and Melton, Studley Park at Kew (in Melbourne) and at Greensborough (in Melbourne), where it grows on soil derived from Silurian sandstone.

Sometimes included in E. leucoxylon subsp. pruinosa, see note under that species. Morphologically similar to E. leucoxylon subsp. leucoxylon, but distinguished from that species by its connate juvenile leaves, generally shorter adult leaves, globular buds, and fruits that are wider than long. Plants with a stocking of rough bark from coastal areas are now included in E. leucoxylon subsp. bellarinensis, see note under that species.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-05
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-28

Rule, K. (1991). Two new subspecies within Eucalyptus leuxoxylon F.Muell. and notes on that species, Muelleria 7(3): 389-403.

Distribution map
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 leucoxylon subsp. connata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus leucoxylon subsp. connata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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