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Family: Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus gillii

Citation: Maiden, Crit. Rev. Eucalyptus 15:177 (1912).

Synonymy: E. gillii Maiden var. petiolaris Maiden, J. R. Soc. N.S.W. 53:69 (1919).

Common name: Curly mallee.

Single- or more often multi-stemmed trees 2-7 m high; stems crooked; bark smooth and waxy, yellowish or reddish to pale-grey, often rough and fissured or in coarse flakes below; cotyledons deeply 2-fid; juvenile leaves opposite, sessile, very waxy, linear for a few pairs then ovate-cordate; leaves on flowering twigs opposite or alternate, lanceolate to suborbicular-cordate, on petioles 0-5 mm long, thick, glaucous or pale, with faint veins; broad submature leaves often c. 3.5 x 2.5 cm but up to 6 cm long; mature lanceolate leaves usually 3.5-6.5 cm long; flowers in umbels of 7-11 in the axils of the leaves; buds on pedicels 1-5 mm long, dull and waxy, smooth, ellipsoid or fusiform, 10-12 x c. 4 mm; operculum beaked, slightly longer than the cylindrical or suburceolate hypanthium.

Flowers pale-yellow; anthers all fertile, oblong-reniform.

Fruit waxy at first, ovoid to globose, contracted at the orifice, 5-7 x 5-7 mm; valves fragile, needle-like, protruding well beyond the rim; seeds ellipsoid, not winged, dark-grey.

Published illustration: Boomsma & Lewis (1980) Native forest and woodland vegetation of South Australia, p. 55; Hall & Brooker (1974) Forest tree series, no. 135.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: LE, FR, EA.   N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: probably mainly Aug. — Jan.

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