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Family: Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus gamophylla

Citation: F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 11:40 (1878).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Twin-leaved mallee, blue mallee.

Usually a mallee 3-5 m high but less often a single-stemmed tree to 8 m; bark more or less smooth, greyish or white owing to a waxy layer; leaves all opposite or a few subalternate; cotyledons suborbicular; 1st pair of juvenile leaves narrow-lanceolate, followed by progressively broader more shortly petiolate leaves, becoming suborbicular and connate around the stem; many leaves more or less ovate, opposite and connate even with inflorescences in their axils, 3-8 x 2-5 cm, often very glaucous; on highest parts of trees leaves becoming subalternate, on petioles to 5 mm long, lanceolate, 6-8 cm long, 1-1.5 cm broad.

Flowers in terminal or axillary clusters or few-branched panicles; buds on pedicels 0-4 mm long, cylindrical to clavate or pear-shaped, 4-6 x 23 mm; operculum hemispherical or flattened, much shorter than the hypanthium; sepals visible as discrete minute broadly deltoid scales on the rim especially of young buds; flowers cream-coloured; anthers all fertile, obovate; fruit campanulate to pear-shaped, contracted at the orifice to a narrow rim, often whitish-waxy, becoming striate-wrinkled, usually 7-10 x 5-7 mm; valves deltoid, short, below or level with the rim; seeds triquetrous, surrounded by a narrow membranous wing, grey-black.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW.   W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: winter after rain.

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