Eucalyptus arenicola Rule

Gippsland Lakes Peppermint

Muelleria 26 (2): 91 (2008) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tree to 12 m tall or mallee; bark rough, fibrous over trunk, extending to branches. Juvenile leaves sessile, opposite for many pairs, becoming petiolate, sublinear to narrowly lanceolate, 5–11 cm long, 0.8–1.6 cm wide, discolorous, blue-green above, whitish below; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, narrowly lanceolate or lanceolate, often slightly falcate, 7–14 cm long, 0.9–1.7 cm wide, concolorous, glossy, green; reticulation moderate, with numerous island oil glands. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles 0.7–1.2 cm long, 11–many-flowered; buds shortly pedicellate, clavate, to 0.6 cm long, 0.4 cm diam., no scar (single operculum); operculum obtuse-conical to hemispherical; stamens inflexed; anthers dorsifixed, reniform; ovules in 2 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruits subsessile to pedicellate, hemispherical to cupular, 0.5–0.7 cm long, 0.7–0.9 cm wide; disc level; valves 3 or 4, rim level; seed black-brown, pyramidal but distorted by one curved face, hilum terminal. Flowers winter.

GipP, Strz. Occurs in coastal and near-coastal areas in the Gippsland Lakes region in sandy soils.

Distinguished from Eucalyptus willisii by its narrower juvenile leaves, somewhat broader and glossy adult leaves, and slightly larger fruits.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-07-19
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-04-03
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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 arenicola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus arenicola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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