Common name: Red Mallee
Eucalyptus socialis F.Muell. ex Miq. APNI*
Description: Tree or mallee to 6 m high (occasionally 12); bark persistent on lower trunk, grey, fibrous-flaky, smooth, dull, grey above, shedding in long ribbons.
Juvenile leaves opposite, becoming disjunct, elliptic to ovate, dull grey-green to dull green.
Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate or broad-lanceolate, 6–10 cm long, 1.2–2 cm wide, grey-green, dull, concolorous. Umbellasters 7–13-flowered; peduncle narrowly flattened or angular, 8–23 mm long; pedicels terete, 2–8 mm long. Buds ovoid to fusiform, 9–14 mm long, 4–5 mm diam., scar present; calyptra elongate acute or rostrate, longer than and as wide as hypanthium.
Fruit globose, 5–9 mm long, 5–8 mm diam.; disc depressed; valves exserted with attenuate tips.
Distribution and occurrence: Community codominant, in mallee shrubland on red aeolian sands; sporadic from Wilcannia and west from Condobolin.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. W.A. S.A.
Extensive hybridisation occurs with E. gillii in populations in parts of the Barrier Ra.
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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