Eucalyptus nitens (H.Deane & Maiden) Maiden

Shining Gum

Crit. Revis. Eucalyptus 2: 272 (1913) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tree to 70 m tall; bark smooth, grey or greenish, shedding in long strips. Juvenile leaves sessile, opposite for many nodes, elliptic to ovate, to 17 cm long, 8 cm wide, glaucous; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, margins entire, 13–24 cm long, 1.5–2.5 cm wide, concolorous, glossy, green; reticulation dense, broken, oil glands often obscure. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles to 1 cm long, 7-flowered; buds sessile, cylindric to broadly fusiform, to 0.7 cm long, 0.3 cm diam., scar present; operculum conical; stamens inflexed; anthers dorsifixed, cuneate; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit sessile, cupular, to 0.7 cm long, 0.6 cm diam.; disc descending; valves 3 or 4, rim level; seed brown-black, ellipsoid, lacunose, shallowly reticulate, hilum ventral. Flowers Jan.–Mar.

EGL, EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, Strz, VAlp, VVP. Also NSW. In Victoria occurring at high altitudes on the Great Dividing Range from the Blue Range, Mt Monda and Mt Torbreck east to Mt Selma and Mt Wellington, extending south to Mt Erica, but with an outlying easterly population at Mt Kaye.

The commercially valuable Shining Gum has recently been shown to consist of two species, viz. E. nitens as described above and the more restricted E. denticulata.

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

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory