Pap. & Proc. Roy. Soc. Tasmania for 1893: 181 (1893) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Mallee or small tree to 8 m tall; bark rough for 1 m in larger trees, otherwise smooth, coppery, becoming whitish-green or grey, branchlets usually glaucous with leaf ring scars. Mature crown usually with juvenile, intermediate and adult foliage. Juvenile leaves sessile, opposite for many pairs, connate, together orbicular or broadly elliptic and to 12 cm long, 7 cm wide, glaucous; adult leaves petiolate, lanceolate, to 12 cm long, 2.5 cm wide, concolorous, dull, grey-green to bluish-green; reticulation dense with numerous, large, island oil glands. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles to 0.5 cm long, 3-flowered; buds sessile to shortly pedicellate, ovoid, glaucous, to 0.7 cm long, 0.4 cm diam., scar present; operculum hemispherical to obtusely conical; stamens inflexed; anthers dorsifixed, cuneate; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers cream. Fruit sessile, cupular, glaucous, to 0.7 cm long, 0.7 cm diam.; disc annular or descending; valves 3–5, rim level; seed dark brown-black, cuboid, cuneate or flattened-ellipsoid, lacunose, hilum ventral. Flowers Jan.–Mar.
EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, NIS, SnM, Strz, VAlp. Also NSW, ACT, Tas. In Victoria west from the Nunniong Plateau to the Blue Range east of Buxton, at high altitudes, often at margins of soaks and bogs, but occasionally on ridges. .
Easily recognized in mountain country by the connate, glaucous juvenile leaf pairs which are invariably present as coppice. The outer operculum is often persistent and united to emergent inner operculum below the tip.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||cultivated|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||native|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|