top of page

QUEENSLAND PEPPERMINT TREE

Eucalyptus exserta

Plant Family

Myrtaceae

Alternative Common Names

peppermint, bendo, yellow messmate, messmate.

Grows as a mallee to a height of 5 metres or as a tree to 20 metres and forms a lignotuber (woody swelling of root crown). It has hard, rough, fissured, fibrous grey bark, usually from the base to the small branches.

Leaves - slightly glossy to dull usually green lance-shaped.

Flower - buds are arranged in leaf axils in groups of seven, flowers are white.

Fruit - woody, hemispherical or cup-shaped.

Flowering January, May and December.

Habitat

Grows in infertile sandy soils as part of dry woodland communities

26

bottom of page