Eucalyptus filiformis Rule

Mt Jeffcott Mallee-box

Muelleria 20: 24 (2004) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Mallee to 6 m tall; bark rough to upper trunk, light grey, box-type, smooth above. Juvenile leaves subsessile, becoming shortly petiolate, alternate, narrowly linear, to 10 cm long, 0.4 cm wide, slightly discolorous, blue-green, becoming blue-grey and slightly pruinose; adult leaves alternate, petiolate, narrowly lanceolate or narrowly elliptic, 5–8 cm long, 0.7–1.1 cm wide, somewhat glossy or dull, blue-green; side veins acute; reticulation moderate, with numerous, relatively large, irregular, mostly island oil glands. Inflorescences axillary, simple; peduncles to 0.8 cm long, 7(–11)-flowered; buds pedicellate, ovoid-fusiform, to 0.8 cm long, 0.4 cm diam., pruinose, no scar; operculum conical; stamens irregularly inflexed; anthers adnate, globoid; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit subcylindrical to barrel-shaped, to 0.9 cm long, 0.5 cm diam.; disc descending; valves 3 or 4, below rim; seed dark brown, ovoid and slightly flattened, surface finely reticulate, helium ventral. Flowers late autumn.

Wim. Known from a single population between Charlton and Donald, on the southern slopes of Mt. Jeffcott, growing in shallow red soils.

Somewhat intermediate between Eucalyptus viridis and E. polybractea. Like E. viridis, bark is somewhat persistent, and leaves are narrow and initially subsessile. However, adult leaves and buds are somewhat pruinose (a feature of E. polybractea).  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-07-26
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2016-08-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Eucalyptus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eucalyptus filiformis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus filiformis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
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