Eucalyptus occidentalis Endl.

Flat-topped Yate

in Endl. et al., Enum. Pl. 49 (1837) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tree to 20 m tall, rarely a mallee; bark rough over part or all of main trunk, black to dark grey, fibrous, shedding in ribbons. Juvenile leaves petiolate, alternate, usually ovate, to 13.5 cm long, 6.5 cm wide, dull, blue-green; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate, rarely falcate, 6.5–16 cm long, 1–3.5 cm wide, concolorous, glossy, green; reticulation moderate, with numerous island oil glands and scattered intersectional oil glands. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles flattened, to 4 cm long, 7–13-flowered; buds pedicellate, elongate, swollen at join, to 2.4 cm long, 0.8 cm diam., scar present; operculum horn-shaped, much longer than hypanthium; stamens erect; anthers versatile, dorsifixed, oblong; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers cream to pale lemon. Fruit pedicellate, rarely sessile, campanulate, to 1.4 cm long, 1.3 cm diam., disc level to descending; valves 4 or 5, usually exserted; seeds blackish-brown, ovoid to flattened-ovoid, with distinct shallow reticulum, hilum ventral. Flowers Nov.–May

*CVU, *OtP, *VVP. Native to West Australia. In Western Australia Eucalyptus occidentalis generally occurs in wet depressions. Occasionally spreading from planted trees in Victoria.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-08-08
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-22
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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 occidentalis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus occidentalis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
Australian Capital Territory