Flowers and leaves. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, Arid Lands Botanic Garden, Port Augusta, SA

Mallee. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, Eyre Peninsula, SA

Bark. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Brooker and Kleinig, Wilpena, SA

Common Name

Quorn Mallee, South Australian Mallee Box, Mallee Box, Black Mallee Box, Water Mallee, Lerp Mallee, Swamp Box





Mallee or tree to 12m tall.  Bark rough below, smooth above. Smooth bark sometimes orange.  Branchlets with or without oil glands in the pith. Leaves aromatic when crushed, alternating up the stems,  5-13cm long, 6-25mm wide, flat, hairless, glossy green, with entire or somewhat scalloped edges.  Flowers white, with 0 petals, in clust3ers of 3-7 at the bases of the leaves.  Bud cap as long as the base or shorter than it.  Nut valves not very noticeable.

Description (page 532) and line drawing of bud and nut (Fig. 57m page 531) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales

Description and photographs in the DVD/thumb drive Euclid

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