Eucalyptus salubris

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Gimlet
Eucalyptus salubris (4558756725).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: E. salubris
Binomial name
Eucalyptus salubris
F.Muell.
For other uses, see Gimlet.

Eucalyptus salubris, commonly known as Gimlet, Fluted Gum Tree, Gimlet Gum and Silver-topped Gimlet,[1] is a gum tree endemic to low-rainfall areas of the wheatbelt and goldfields regions of Western Australia.[2]

Description[edit]

E. salubris grows as a mallee, usually from four to 15 metres high, but sometimes as low as two metres or as high as 24 metres. It has smooth, strongly fluted trunks and stems, and white or cream flowers from September to March.[3]

Taxonomy[edit]

The species was first published in 1876 by Ferdinand von Mueller,[4] based on specimens collected at Queen Victoria Spring by Jess Young during the Giles expedition of May 1875.[5]

There are no subspecies or variety. A variety was published by Joseph Maiden in 1919 as E. s. subsp. glauca, but this was promoted to species rank as E. ravida in 1991. Hybrids with E. tortilis have been reported.[4]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It has a wide distribution, occurring throughout the Avon Wheatbelt and Coolgardie biogeographic regions, with outliers as far west as Perth and as far south as Esperance. The relief is generally gentle slopes. It grows in a range of soils: red loams, red clay loams, yellow and red sand, and laterite.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian Plant Common Names Database". Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  2. ^ Chippendale, G.M. (1973) Eucalypts of the Western Australian goldfields (and the adjacent wheatbelt), Canberra. AGPS p.79.
  3. ^ a b "Eucalyptus salubris". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  4. ^ a b "Eucalyptus salubris F.Muell.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  5. ^ Hall, Norman (1978). Botanists of the Eucalypts. Australia: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. ISBN 0643002715.