Eucalyptus polybractea R.T.Baker

Blue Mallee

Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 25: 692 (1901) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Mallee to 8 m tall; bark rough, grey on lower part of stems. Juvenile leaves petiolate, opposite for few pairs then alternate, linear then narrowly lanceolate, to 10 cm long, 1.5 cm wide, dull, grey to blue-green; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, narrowly lanceolate, 6–10 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm wide, concolorous, dull, grey to bluish-green; side veins very acute; reticulation sparse or obscured by numerous, large, irregular, island oil glands. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles to 1.2 cm long, 7–11-flowered; buds glaucous, pedicellate, clavate or diamond-shaped, to 0.7 cm long, 0.4 cm diam., no scar; operculum conical; stamens irregularly flexed; anthers adnate, globoid; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit pedicellate, cupular, to 0.6 cm long, 0.5 cm diam.; disc descending; valves 3 or 4(5), below rim; seed brown, irregularly ovoid and slightly flattened, surface shallowly reticulate, hilum ventral. Flowers autumn–winter.

Gold, LoM, MuM, RobP, VRiv, Wim. 2 subspecies in Victoria.

The principal mallee species used for eucalyptus oil production in central-northern Victoria and at West Wyalong in New South Wales. The bluish leaves contrast with those of co-occuring E. viridis.

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.
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2018-10-02
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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 polybractea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus polybractea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Goldfields present native

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