Eucalyptus albens Benth.

White Box

Fl. Austral. 3: 219 (1867) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tree to 25 m tall; bark rough over trunk and to base of large branches, fibrous, becoming tessellated, with pale grey and white patches; above, smooth, white. Juvenile leaves petiolate, alternate, ovate to orbicular, to 15 cm long, 11 cm wide, blue-grey, glaucous; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, broadly lanceolate, 10–16 cm long, 1.7–3 cm wide, dull, blue-grey, glaucous, concolorous; reticulation dense, with scattered, intersectional oil glands. Inflorescences terminal panicles; peduncles to 1.8 cm long, 7-flowered; buds sessile or shortly, stoutly pedicellate, fusiform, often slightly curved, to 1.8 cm long, 0.6 cm diam., no scar; operculum conical; stamens irregularly flexed; anthers adnate, globoid; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers white. Fruit sessile or shortly pedicellate, barrel-shaped to slightly urceolate, to 1.5 cm long, 1 cm diam.; disc descending; valves 4, below rim; seed brown, irregularly ovoid and slightly flattened, surface shallowly reticulate, hilum ventral. Flowers Aug.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MuF, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW. A foothills species of mainly north-eastern Victoria, with other stands between Omeo and Swifts Creek, and in the upper Snowy River area from the border to Suggan Buggan, McKillops Bridge and Bonang.

The combination of its pale box bark, large juvenile leaves, blue-grey, glaucous crown and generally barrel-shaped fruits distinguish it from other boxes in Victoria. Forms with smaller, green leaves, widespread in central Victoria, link this species to Eucalyptus microcarpa.

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: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-22
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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 albens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus albens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory