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Family: Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus socialis

Citation: F. Muell. ex Miq., Nederl. Kruidk. Arch. 4:132 (1856).

Synonymy: E. oleosa F. Muell. ex Miq. var. glauca sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 624 (1952); E. transcontinentalis sensu Blakely, Key Eucalypts 284 (1965), partly.

Common name: Red mallee, summer red mallee, grey (or pointed) mallee.

Multi-stemmed or less often single-stemmed trees to 10 m or more high; bark smooth, pale-grey, shed in long strips persisting as flakes at the base; cotyledons deeply 2-fid; juvenile leaves dull or somewhat waxy, opposite and sessile at first, linear to broadly lanceolate; adult leaves alternate, on petioles 10-20 mm long, narrowly to broadly lanceolate, generally dull and grey, with numerous oil dots, 6-14 x 1-2 cm; veins faint.

Flowers in umbels of 7-15 in the axils of the leaves; buds on pedicels 2-8 mm long, ovoid-conical to cylindrical-conical, glaucous, 8-13 ~ 3-5 mm; operculum rostrate or somewhat conical, longer than the hypanthium; flowers cream in southern areas but bright-yellow in far northern areas; anthers all fertile, broadly oblong.

Fruits globular or urceolate, slightly constricted to the orifice, with a narrow grey disk, 5-10 x 5-8 mm; valves fragile, needle-like, protruding well beyond the rim; seeds more or less ellipsoid, faintly reticulate, not winged, grey-brown.

Published illustration: Boomsma & Lewis (1980) Native forest and woodland vegetation of South Australia, p. 56.

Distribution:    W.Aust.; N.T.; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: especially July — Dec.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Intermediates occur between E. socialis and E. yumbarrana.

Author: Not yet available

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