Maiden, Crit. Rev. Eucalyptus 56:273 (1922).
Synonymy: E. dumosa Cunn. ex Schauer var. conglobata Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:230 (1867); E. anceps sensu Boomsma, Native trees S. Aust. 112 (1981), for the most part.
Common name: Cong mallee, Port Lincoln mallee, Kangaroo Island (white) mallee.
Multi- or less often single-stemmed trees to 12 m high; bark smooth, light-grey or grey-brown, shedding in strips to reveal a paler layer, sometimes rough at the base; cotyledons notched or reniform; juvenile leaves opposite to alternate, petiolate, elliptic to ovate; adult leaves alternate, on petioles 7-25 mm long, lanceolate to broad-lanceolate, thick, leathery, dullish or somewhat glossy, green, 5-14 x 1-3 cm.
Flowers in umbels of up to 13 in the axils of the leaves; buds sessile, ovoid or cylindrical, striate or not, 6-12 x 4-6 mm; operculum conical, as long as or longer than and often broader than the often 2-ribbed hypanthium; flowers white or cream-coloured; anthers all fertile, obovoid or obcordate.
Fruits hemispherical to cylindrical, smooth or 2- or 3-ribbed, often striate, somewhat truncate at the base, with a narrow rim and descending disk, 5-10 x 6-10 mm; valves triangular, with narrow points about level with or slightly exserted from the rim; seeds a dark red-brown, curved or D-shaped, reticulate.
Chippendale (1973) Eucalypts of Western Australian goldfields, pp. 149, 150.
Flowering time: throughout the year.
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The decision to treat what has usually been known as E. anceps as largely synonymous with E. conglobata is based on unpublished work by P. Lang.
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