Seeds of South Australia
Eucalyptus petiolaris (Myrtaceae)
Eyre Peninsula Blue Gum
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Seed collecting:
January to December
Herbarium region:
Eyre Peninsula
NRM region:
Eyre Peninsula
IBRA region
Eyre Hills (EYB03)Eyre Yorke Block
 Near Threatened   [fragmented habitat]
Talia (EYB04) 
 Data Deficient   [check record]
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Eucalyptus]
Name derivation:
Eucalyptus from the Greek 'eu' meaning well and 'calyptos' meaning covered; alluding to the cap or lid which covers the stamens in the bud. Petiolaris from the Latin 'petiolaris' meaning petiolate; alluding to the petiolate (stalked) of juvenitle leaves which distinguish the species from E. leucoxylon.
Endemic to South Australia and found on southern Eyre peninsula in South Australia, growing in open woodland in hilly areas often along creeks.
Native. Uncommon in South Australia. As a distinctive vegetation association, it is considered rare.
Plant description:
Single- or several-stemmed tree to 20 m high with smooth, grey to yellow-cream bark throughout sometime with rough, loose, pale brown to grey bark at the base. Juvenile leaves ovate, dull, green. Adult leaves to 170 mm long and 25 mm wide, lanceolate, slightly glossy, green. Flowers in groups of 3 in the axils of the leaves. Buds to 17 mm long and 10 mm wide, ovoid to diamond-shaped with two longitudinal ribs on the base, bud-cap cone-shaped with a long point, shorter than the base. Flowers cream, yellow, orange, pink or red appearing sporadically throughout the year.
Fruit type:
Barrel-shaped to cup-shaped fruit to 22 mm long and 15 mm wide, tapering to the stalk, disc descending, valves 5-7 below the rim.
Seed type:
Red-brown ovoid seed to 2.5 mm long and 2 mm wide, with wrinkled surface.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect mature fruits that are dark and hard (difficult to break with a finger nail), with the valves un-open any time of year.
Seed cleaning:
Leave the fruits in a breathable container in a dry room for one to two weeks. This allows the valves on the fruit to open and release the seeds. Separate the seeds by placing all the materials into a bucket and shaking it to dislodge the seeds. Pass the material through a sieve to separate the unwanted material. The finer material will contain both seeds (soft) and frass (hard) usually distinguishable from each other but can be very similar in shape and colour. With finer sieves, the seeds can be separated from the frass but this is not essential for storage or propagation. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 100%.
Seed germination:
Seeds are non-dormant, viable seed should germinate readily.
Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
6200 (4.44 g)
6200 (4.44 g)
Eyre Peninsula
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.