Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus obliqua (Messmate Stringybark)

Eucalyptus obliqua photo
Eucalyptus obliqua in Wellington Botanical Garden, Wellington Region, North Island of New Zealand

Photograph by Krzysztof Golik. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Eucalyptus obliqua photo
Eucalyptus obliqua (stringy bark). Location: Maui, Hosmers Grove

Photograph by Forest & Kim Starr. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus obliqua. 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 obliqua in Australia

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

Common Name
Messmate Stringybark

Tree to 90 m. Bark fibrous, stringy, furrowed throughout, grey to red-brown. Juvenile leaves ovate, oblique, often shortly acuminate; shining. Adult leaves broadly lanceolate, acuminate, lamina 10-15 cm long, 1.5-3.3 cm wide, dark green, shining; lateral veins just visible, at 20° -30° ; intramarginal vein c. 1 mm from margin; petiole channelled, 7-17 mm long. Umbels with 11 or more flowers; peduncle angular or flattened, 4-15 mm long; pedicels 1-6 mm long. Buds clavate; operculum hemispherical, apiculate, 1-2 mm long, 2-3 mm wide; hypanthium obconical, 2-4 mm long, 2-3 mm wide. Fruits ovoid, subglobular, barrel-shaped or urceolate, 6-11 mm long, 5-9 mm wide; disc level or steeply descending; valves 3 or 4, level to included. Seeds brown.

Grows on hills or mountains, in tall open forest.

Occurs in Qld, N.S.W., Vic. Tas., and S.A., from the Darling Downs southwards to the Mt Gambier area, Mt Lofty Ranges and Kangaroo Is.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 15 - 40
Spread (m): 12 - 25
Soil Texture: loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 800
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Messmate Stringybark

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  Eucalyptus acaciiformis
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  Eucalyptus curtisii
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  Eucalyptus forrestiana
  Eucalyptus goniocalyx
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