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Book-end Mallee Flowers - 2
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Eucalyptus krueseana, commonly known as book-leaf mallee, is a mallee that is endemic to inland Western Australia. It has smooth bark that is shed in ribbons, a crown of sessile, juvenile leaves, glaucous flower buds and greenish yellow flowers.
Eucalyptus kruseana is a straggly mallee with smooth coppery to dark grey bark that is shed in ribbons, but rough and fibrous near the base. It typically grows to a height of 2–3.5 m (6 ft 7 in–11 ft 6 in) with white, waxy branchlets. Juvenile leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, sessile, heart-shaped to more or less round, 10–25 mm (0.39–0.98 in) long and wide, and the same dull grey colour on both sides. Adult leaves rarely develop in the crown. The flower buds are arranged in groups of seven on an unbranched peduncle 4–10 mm (0.16–0.39 in) long, each bud on a pedicel 1–3 mm (0.039–0.118 in) long. Mature buds are oval, glaucous, 7–10 mm (0.28–0.39 in) long and 3–5 mm (0.12–0.20 in) wide with a conical operculum. Greenish yellow flowers appear mainly from June to September but have been observed in February, March and May. The fruit is a barrel-shaped to cup-shaped, woody capsule
Perth, Western Australia, spring
December 27th, 2021
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