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Family: Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus flindersii

Citation: Boomsma, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 2:293 (1980).

Synonymy: E. morrisii sensu J. Black, Fl.S. Aust. 631 (1952), partly.

Common name: Grey mallee, mallee red gum, Flinders mallee.

Multi- or single-stemmed trees to 10 m high; bark smooth, dull, grey, shedding in flakes to reveal a paler layer, some rough bark persisting at the base; cotyledons notched or reniform; juvenile leaves opposite to alternate, petiolate, elliptic to ovate; adult leaves alternate, on petioles 10-20 mm long, dull, grey-green, narrow-lanceolate to lanceolate, 7-14 x 1-2 cm; veins clear.

Flowers in umbels of 3-7 in the axils of the leaves; buds sessile or rarely on pedicels to 2 mm long, ovoid to obovoid, smooth, 7-10 x 4-5 mm; operculum conical, longer than the obconical hypanthium; flowers white; anthers all fertile, obovate.

Fruits ovoid to broadly obconical, smooth, with a broad sometimes raised disk, 6-9 x 5-8 mm; valves triangular, exserted; seeds dark-grey-brown to dark-grey, not winged but with an almost fimbriate margin, irregularly ellipsoid or angled, with shallow depressions.

Published illustration: Brooker & Kleinig (1983) Field guide to eucalypts 1:168.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, EA, EP.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: mainly Sept. — Nov.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Until 1980 this was treated as E. morrisii, a Qld and N.S.W. species to which it is extremely similar.

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