Eucalyptus kitsoniana Maiden

Bog Gum

Crit. Revis. Eucalyptus 3: 164 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Small tree to 8 m tall or mallee; bark smooth, yellow, white or grey, often shedding in ribbons. Crowns of reproductively mature trees often mixed juvenile and adult foliage. Juvenile leaves sessile for many pairs, orbicular to broadly lanceolate, to 10 cm long, 8 cm wide, concolorous, light green, glossy above, becoming petiolate, elliptic to lanceolate, remaining opposite to subopposite; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, to 7.5–18 cm long, 1.5–3.5 cm wide, concolorous, glossy, green; reticulation dense, coarse, with numerous island and intersectional oil glands. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched, with prominent enclosing bracts when young; peduncles flattened, 0.7–2.5 cm long, 7-flowered; buds sessile, ovoid, to 0.9 cm long, 0.4 cm diam., scar present; operculum obtusely conical to hemispherical; stamens irregularly flexed; anthers dorsifixed, cuneate; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers creamy. Fruit sessile, cupular to hemispherical, to 0.8 cm long, 0.8 cm diam.; disc level to raised-annular; valves 3 or 4, rim level; seed brown-black, flattened-ellipsoid, shallowly reticulate, lacunose, hilum ventral. Flowers Aug.–Mar.

DunT, GipP, Glep, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Victorian endemic. Occurring on coastal lowlands from Yarram west to Cape Otway, and Mt Richmond near Portland. It also occurs on top of Mt Oberon (Wilsons Promontory) and on nearby Snake Is. An inland collection from near Woohlpooer (west of the Grampians) requires verification. .

Not closely related to any other species. It is easily recognized by the large, thick, glossy leaves and tight, symmetric bud clusters with prominent bracts.

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 kitsoniana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus kitsoniana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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