Eucalyptus grossa

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Coarse-leaved Mallee
Eucalyptus grossa habit.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: E. grossa
Binomial name
Eucalyptus grossa
F.Muell. ex Benth.

Eucalyptus grossa, also known as Coarse-leaved Mallee , is a species of Eucalyptus which is endemic to Western Australia. Other common names for this species include the Coarse-flowered Mallee and Phillip River Gum.

Description[edit]

Eucalyptus grossa is a mallee which grows from 0.5 to 5 metres high. It has rough, grey bark, smooth, reddish branchlets and large, thick leaves. The flower buds are bullet-shaped which are red-brown in colour and are attached to a thick, rounded, peduncle. Flowering occurs from late winter to late spring (August to November in Australia). The flowers are large and yellow or green in colour.

Distribution[edit]

The species occurs in an area around Esperance on rocky plains.

Taxonomy[edit]

The species was first formally described by botanist George Bentham in 1867.

Synonyms[edit]

  • Eucalyptus incrassata var. grossa (F.Muell. ex Benth.) Maiden

Uses[edit]

Cultivation[edit]

This species has ornamental flowers and can be maintained as a dense, compact shrub if regular pruning is undertaken. It has proved adaptable to a wide range of conditions in temperate areas in Australia.

Cultural references[edit]

The Coarse-leaved Mallee was represented on a 50c Australian postage stamp in 2005.

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