Eucalyptus porosa

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Eucalyptus porosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: E. porosa
Binomial name
Eucalyptus porosa
F.Muell. ex Miq.

Eucalyptus porosa is a species of eucalypt or gum tree, native to southern Australia. Common names include Water Mallee,[1] Black Mallee, Black Mallee-box, Quorn Mallee, Peppermint Box, Whipstick Peppermint[2] and South Australian Mallee Box.[3]

Depending on location, Eucalyptus porosa can develop into a multi-trunked mallee, or it may develop into a thick, straight, single-trunked tree over 10 metres tall.[4]

Eucalyptus porosa is an evergreen tree, with leaves typical of most eucalypts. A distinctive characteristic is the broad space between the leaf edge and the marginal vein. New leaves are bright and glossy, with a distinctive lettuce green colour.

White to pale yellow eucalypt flowers appear in late spring and early summer. These make it an important food plant for possums and local birds. These flowers are transformed into small woody urn shaped gumnuts, around 5mm across, clustered together. Plants grow easily from seed and develop quickly under the right conditions. Prefers alkaline, heavy clay loam soils.[5]

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  1. ^ Dean Nicolle. "Native Eucalypts of South Australia". Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Eucalyptus porosa". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Brooker, M.I.H.; Kleinig, D.A. (2006). Field Guide to Eucalypts (Volume 1: South-eastern Australia) (3 ed.). Melbourne: Bloomings Books. p. 224. ISBN 1876473525. 
  4. ^ "Plants of the Adelaide plains and hills". Library of South Australia. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Native Plants of Adelaide". Department for Environment and Heritage. Archived from the original on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.