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Eucalyptus lateritica

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Eucalyptus lateritica, Family Myrtaceae, also known as Laterite Mallee or Mt Michaud
Mallee (Brown et al., 1998), is an erect, lignotuberous mallee up to 3 m tall with rough grey brown bark at the base. Juvenile leaves are to 180 mm long, 35 mm wide, lanceolate, held
horizontally and slightly glossy. Adult leaves are also slightly glossy, thin, to 100 mm long,
15 mm wide, sparsely veined, green to dark green with many small discrete glands. Each
inflorescence has up to 11 club-shaped buds that are 10 mm long and 2 mm wide, with a
slightly rough surface. Flowers are white, and appear from April to October. Fruit are cup shaped, to 15 mm long, 15 mm wide, with a thick rim and ring-like disc. Seeds are brown,
lustrous, 5 mm long, 3 mm wide, narrowly pyramidal in shape, with lateral wings (Brooker &
Hopper, 1986; Napier et al., 1988; Brown et al., 1998; Patrick & Brown, 2001).

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Eucalyptus lateritica

    This species should be protected from frequent fire until the impact of fire on the species has been determined (Patrick Brown; 2001).