Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus porosa (Mallee Box)

Eucalyptus porosa photo
Eucalyptus porosa (Mallee Box)

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Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus porosa. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.

Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Eucalyptus porosa in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

Common Name
Mallee Box

The Mallee Box is a mallee to 5 m or tree to 12 m. Bark rough, fibrous, grey-brown on trunk or lower stems of mallees, sometimes extending to larger branches of trees, then smooth and grey-white above. Juvenile leaves elliptic to ovate, dark green, slightly discolorous. Adult leaves lanceolate, uncinate; lamina 6-12 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, shining, green; lateral veins clearly visible, at 15° -40° ; intramarginal vein up to 3 mm from margin; petiole terete, 10-15 mm long. Conflorescence axillary, simple; umbels 7-flowered; peduncle quadrangular, 2-10 mm long; pedicels 2-4 mm long. Buds clavate to obovoid; operculum hemispherical to conical, 2-4 mm long, 3-4 mm wide; hypanthium obovoid, 2-4 mm long, c. 4 mm wide. Fruits ovoid to pyriform, 5-8 mm long, 5-6 mm wide; disc moderately broad, descending; valves 4 or 5, included.

Grows mainly in shallow calcareous soil in gently undulating areas in woodland.

Occurs widely in south-eastern S.A., south-western N.S.W. and north-western Vic.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 5 - 14
Spread (m): 5 - 12
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 300
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Mallee Box

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