Common name: Blue-leaved Mallee
Eucalyptus polybractea R.T.Baker APNI*
Description: Mallee to 10 m high; bark smooth or persistent on lower trunk, grey, fibrous-flaky (`box'), smooth above, white, grey or salmon, shedding in short ribbons.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, linear to narrow-lanceolate, glaucous.
Adult leaves disjunct, linear or narrow-lanceolate, 6–10 cm long, 0.4–1 cm wide, grey-green, dull, concolorous. Umbellasters 7–11-flowered; peduncle terete or angular, 4–12 mm long; pedicels terete, 1–4 mm long. Buds ovoid or clavate, 5–7 mm long, 3–4 mm diam., scar absent; calyptra hemispherical or conical, shorter than or as long as and as wide as hypanthium. All stamens fertile.
Fruit cylindrical, hemispherical or ovoid, 3–5-locular, ± angular, 3–6 mm long, 3–5 mm diam.; disc depressed; valves enclosed.
Distribution and occurrence: Locally frequent but restricted, in sclerophyllous mallee shrubland on loamy soils; around West Wyalong with disjunct occurrences in Vic.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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