Eucalyptus perriniana F.Muell. ex Rodway

Spinning Gum

Pap. & Proc. Roy. Soc. Tasmania for 1893: 181 (1893) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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.

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.
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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 perriniana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus perriniana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Gippsland Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory