Eucalyptus lansdowneana

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Red-flowered mallee box
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Eucalyptus lansdowneana, Melbourne
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: E. lansdowneana
Binomial name
Eucalyptus lansdowneana
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E. lansdowneana, field distribution

Eucalyptus lansdowneana, commonly known as the Crimson mallee[1] or the Red-Flowered mallee box, is a slender stemmed, straggly mallee with smooth grey over creamy-white bark. Adult leaves are stalked, lanceolate to broad lanceolate, to 15 x 3 cm, glossy, green to yellow-green.

Red and pinkish-red flowers appear in late winter to mid spring.

Distribution is limited to the rocky hills of the Gawler Range, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia .

The name lansdowneana was previously also applied to another species of lower Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island; this is the distantly mallee species, E. albopurpurea, with white, pink or mauve flowers[2] and which is grown widely as an ornamental, particularly in Perth. The true E. lansdowneana is a beautiful, slender mallee with large, glossy leaves and red flowers.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dean Nicolle. "Native Eucalypts of South Australia". Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Nicolle, Dean (2000). "New Taxa of Eucalyptus Informal Subgenus Symphyomyrtus (Myrtaceae), Endemic to South Australia" (PDF). Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Garden. 19: 83–94. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Brooker, M.I.H. & Kleinig, D.A. Field Guide to Eucalyptus, Bloomings, Melbourne 2001