Eucalyptus pyriformis

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Pear-fruited mallee, Dowerin Rose
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Eucalyptus pyriformis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: E. pyriformis
Binomial name
Eucalyptus pyriformis
Turcz.
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E. pyriformis, field distribution

Eucalyptus pyriformis, Pear-fruited mallee, Dowerin Rose, is a small, straggly mallee with smooth, grey or salmon-pink bark often sheeding in ribbons at the base. Juvenile leaves are stalked, alternate, ovate, to 9 x 5 cm. Adult leaves are stalked, broad-lanceolate to 9.5 x 3.2 cm, concolorous dull, grey to grey-green with a firm texture. Flowers are red or creamy white in mid winter to mid-spring. Fruit hangs on long stalks, is ribbed and funnel shaped to 4 x 5.5 cm.

The distribution is limited to the western part of the northern Western Australian wheatbelt, from north-west of Geraldton, south to Dowerin, usually on white sandplains.

E. pyriformis is distinctive for its large, pendulous buds and spectacular coloured flowers.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooker, I. & Kleinig, D., Eucalyptus, An illustrated guide to identification, Reed Books, Melbourne, 1996