Seeds of South Australia
Eucalyptus remota (Myrtaceae)
Mount Taylor Mallee
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Seed collecting:
January to December
Herbarium region:
Kangaroo Island
NRM region:
Kangaroo Island
IBRA region
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern   [quite widespread on western KI & stable]
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. Remota from the Latin 'remotus' meaning remote, alluding to the species distribution in relation to closely-related species from eastern Australia.
Endemic to South Australia and found on the western end of Kangaroo Island, growing on gravelly sands and loams over laterite in mallee shrubland.
Native. Common in South Australia.
Plant description:
Single- to several-stemmed spreading tree or mallee to 15 m high with rough, firbous, finely-fissured, grey bark on the lower stems to smaller branches and smooth, grey to yellow-cream bark above. Juvenile leaves ovate, dull, blue-green. Adult leaves to 150 mm long and 40 mm wide, lanceolate, glossy, dark green to blue-green. Flowers in groups of 9-21 in axils of the leaves. Buds to 6 mm long and 4 mm wide, club-shaped, bud-cap round, shorter than the base. Flowers white appearing in summer.
Fruit type:
Cup-shaped to cone-shaped fruit to 10 mm long and 10 mm wide, smooth, disc level, valves 3-5 level to rim.
Seed type:
Dark brown to black sectoroid to pyrimid-shaped seed to 0.7 mm long and 0.5 mm wide.
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 and frass that can be very similar in shape and colour. 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 low, at 10%.
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
6400 (25.97 g)
6400 (25.97 g)
Kangaroo Island
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.