Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus socialis (Red Mallee)


Eucalyptus socialis photo
Eucalyptus socialis tree - Red Mallee

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Eucalyptus socialis photo
Eucalyptus socialis buds

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Eucalyptus socialis photo
Eucalyptus socialis foliage

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Eucalyptus socialis photo
Eucalyptus socialis bark

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Credits:
Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus socialis. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. https://profiles.ala.org.au/opus/foa/profile/Eucalyptus%20socialis 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.



RED MALLEE FACTS

distribution map showing range of Eucalyptus socialis in Australia

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


Common Name
Red Mallee

Description
Usually a mallee to 9 m, sometimes a tree to 12 m. Bark smooth throughout, pale grey. Juvenile leaves alternate, sessile to shortly petiolate, elliptic to ovate, dull, green. Adult leaves lanceolate, uncinate; lamina 6-9 cm long, 1.2-2 cm wide, dull grey-green; lateral veins faint, at 35° -45° ; intramarginal vein up to 1 mm from margin; petiole terete, 10-20 mm long. Umbels 7-13-flowered; peduncle slightly flattened, 8-20 mm long; pedicels 2-8 mm long. Buds fusiform; operculum conical, rostrate, 5-8 mm long, 4-5 mm wide; hypanthium hemispherical, 4-5 mm long and wide. Fruits globular, 5-8 mm long and wide; valves 3 or 4.

Habitat
Grows usually on plains in sandy soil in shrubland.

Distribution
Occurs widely in southern N.T., throughout S.A. except the north-east, through inland N.S.W. and north-western Vic.; scattered in the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts, W.A.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 4 - 8
Spread (m): 4 - 8
Soil Texture: sand, loam, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 250
Flower Colour: cream
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Myrtales
Family:Myrtaceae
Genus:Eucalyptus
Species:socialis
Common Name:Red Mallee


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  Eucalyptus acaciiformis
  Eucalyptus accedens
  Eucalyptus acies
  Eucalyptus albens
  Eucalyptus bancroftii
  Eucalyptus baxteri
  Eucalyptus caleyi
  Eucalyptus camaldulensis
  Eucalyptus camphora
  Eucalyptus cloeziana
  Eucalyptus crebra
  Eucalyptus crenulata
  Eucalyptus curtisii
  Eucalyptus dealbata
  Eucalyptus dumosa
  Eucalyptus eugenioides
  Eucalyptus forrestiana
  Eucalyptus goniocalyx
  Eucalyptus grandis
  Eucalyptus intertexta
  Eucalyptus largiflorens
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