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Family: Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus oxymitra

Citation: Blakely, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 60:155 (1936).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Sharp-capped mallee, blue mallee.

Multi-stemmed or occasionally single-stemmed trees to 7 m high; young twigs glaucous; bark smooth, grey to cream, shedding in strips, rough only at the base; cotyledons deeply 2-fid; juvenile leaves opposite to alternate, petiolate, narrowly oblong-lanceolate to ovate; adult leaves alternate, on petioles 10-20 mm long, ovate or rarely to linear-lanceolate, sometimes uncinate, thickish, dull, pale, bluish-green, 5-8 or rarely to 14 cm long, 2-4.5 cm broad, veins faint.

Flowers in umbels of up to 7 in the axils of the leaves; buds on pedicels 0-5 mm long, glaucous, globose- or ovoid-conical, 7-9 x 10-13 mm; operculum long-rostrate, much longer than the hypanthium; flowers white-cream; anthers all fertile, subglobose but wider than long.

Fruits hemispherical or subglobose, with a broad ascending disk, sometimes slightly fibbed, 9-20 x 9-16 mm; valves 3-5, exserted, broad-triangular, with fragile needle-like points; seeds irregularly lunate, strongly reticulate, with an often wing-like margin, grey-brown.

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

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: recorded Sept. but said by Boomsma (1981) to be often in winter

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