Eucalyptus rubida H.Deane & Maiden


Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 24: 456 (1899) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tree to 35 m tall; bark smooth, white, shedding in reddish strips and slabs which may remain held loosely to the trunk which often has black horizontal insect scars. Younger branchelets with or without wax. Juvenile leaves sessile, opposite for many nodes, orbicular, to 6 cm long, 5 cm wide, glaucous; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate, 9–15 cm long, 1–2.4 cm wide, concolorous, dull or glossy, maturing slate grey; reticulation dense, with scattered, often obscure, oil glands. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles to 0.8 cm long, 3(rarely 7)-flowered; buds shortly pedicellate, ovoid, to 0.7 cm long, 0.4 cm diam., scar present; operculum conical, more or less equal to hypanthium, with or without wax; stamens irregularly flexed; anthers dorsifixed, cuneate; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit sessile to shortly pedicellate, cupular or hemispherical, to 0.6 cm long, 0.7 cm diam.; disc slightly ascending; valves 3 or 4, exserted; seed black, flattened-ellipsoid, shallowly reticulate, lacunose, hilum ventral. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

CVU, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Usually a tree of dryish shallow soils in the foothills and ranges mostly north of the Great Dividing Range from near Halls Gap east to Mt Delegate.

Close to Eucalyptus dalrympleana but distinguished by its poorer form, much more glaucous juvenile leaves and the grey-green mature canopy. The reddish colour of shedding bark and the presence of black insect scars also help distinguish E. rubida. Plants with 7-flowered inflorescences occur occasionally and these have been referred to by others as subsp. septemflora.

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, 2018-01-17
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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 rubida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus rubida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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