Maiden, J. R. Soc. N.S.W. 49:316 (1915).
Synonymy: E. oleosa F. Muell. ex Miq. var. flocktoniae Maiden, Crit. Rev. Eucalyptus 16:185 (1912).
Common name: Merrit.
Single- or multi-stemmed trees 4-15 m high; bark smooth except some rough towards the base, grey, shedding to expose a light-brown layer; cotyledons deeply 2-fid; juvenile leaves linear to broad-ovate, bluish-green and waxy, opposite; adult leaves alternate, on petioles 1025 mm long, more or less lanceolate, sometimes falcate, glossy and green when fresh, 8-14 x 1.5 -2.5 cm, veins fairly distinct in dried material.
Flowers in umbels of 3-11 in the axils of the leaves; buds on pedicels 2-3 mm long, somewhat wrinkled at least when dry, up to 12 x 5 mm; operculum beaked, longer than the urceolate or cylindrical-urceolate hypanthium; flowers cream-yellow; anthers all fertile, broadly reniform.
Fruit urceolate, with a broad base, contracted to a neck below the orifice, faintly striated or wrinkled, 8-10 x 7-9 mm; valves fragile, needle-like, protruding well beyond the rim; seeds ellipsoid, not winged, dark-grey.
Chippendale (1973) Eucalypts of Western Australian goldfields, p. 109.
Flowering time: probably at all times of the year but recorded mainly Aug. — Nov. Image: Fig. 468B.
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