Eucalyptus behriana

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Bull mallee
Eucalyptus behriana from "Eucalyptographia. A descriptive atlas of the eucalypts of Australia and the adjoining islands"; (1879) (20165942804).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: E. behriana
Binomial name
Eucalyptus behriana

Eucalyptus behriana, commonly known as bull mallee and broad-leaved box,[1] is a species of Eucalyptus that is endemic to south-eastern Australia.[2] The species was formally described by Victorian Government Botanist Ferdinand von Mueller in 1855.[2]


Eucalptus behriana grow to between 6 and 12 metres high.[3] The base of the tree forms a lignotuber and is covered by rough, fibrous bark.[3] Higher up, the bark is glossy with grey, yellow green and copper colouration.[3] The juvenile leaves are ovate, while the adult leaves are broad lanceolate or ovate and measure 18 to 38 mm in width.[3] The flower buds occur in groups of 3 to 7; the operculum being shed to reveal white stamens in spring and summer.[3] The cup-shaped or conical fruits are 3 to 5 mm wide.[3][4]


Eucalptus behriana has a disjunct distribution in south-eastern Australia. In New South Wales it occurs in mallee shrubland near West Wyalong. In Victoria it occurs in the north-west, with the exception of a small outlying population in the south near Bacchus Marsh including Long Forest Nature Conservation Reserve.[3] In South Australia, it has a scattered distribution across the south-east.[5]

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  1. ^ Brooker, M.I.H.; Kleinig, D.A. (2006). Field Guide to Eucalypts (Volume 1: South-eastern Australia) (3 ed.). Melbourne: Bloomings Books. p. 216. ISBN 1876473525. 
  2. ^ a b "Eucalyptus behriana". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Nicolle, Dean. Eucalypts of Victoria and Tasmania. Bloomings Books. ISBN 978-1-876473-60-0. 
  4. ^ Hill, K. "Eucalyptus behriana F.Muell.". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Eucalyptus behriana". Electronic Flora of South Australia Fact Sheet. State Herbarium of South Australia. Retrieved 13 April 2012.