Behr ex Schldl., Linnaea 20:657 (1847).
Synonymy: E. cajuputee F. Muell. ex Miq., Nederl. Kruidk. Arch. 4:126 (1856); E. fruticetorum F. Muell. ex Miq., Nederl. Kruidk. Arch. 4:131 (1856); E. odorata Behr ex Schldl. var. angustifolia Blakely, Key Eucalypts 226 (1934); E. odorata Behr ex Schldl. var. refracta Blakely, Key Eucalypts 226 (1934).
, Eucalyptus polybractea
Common name: Peppermint box, mallee box.
Multi- or single-stemmed trees to 20 m high; bark rough, coarse, dark-grey on at least the lower half, smooth and brownish above, shedding in long strips; cotyledons notched or reniform; juvenile leaves opposite to alternate, petiolate, narrow-elliptic to ovate; adult leaves on petioles 5-15 mm long, lanceolate, glossy, dark-olive-green, 5-14 x 0.6-2 cm.
Flowers in umbels of 7-11 in the axils of the leaves; buds on pedicels 1-5 mm long, elliptic-obovoid, more or less smooth, 4-7 x 2-3 mm; operculum conical to hemispherical, equal to or shorter than the obconical hypanthium; flowers white; anthers all fertile, globular-reniform.
Fruits obconical or cylindrical to hemispherical, with a narrow rim and descending disk, 5-8 x 4-6 mm; valves enclosed; seeds reddish-brown or dark-grey, irregularly shaped, not winged, conspicuously reticulate.
Costerroans (1981) Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 367; Hall et al. (1970) Forest trees of Australia, p. 225.
S.Aust.: FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. Vic.
Flowering time: March — Oct.
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