Eucalyptus salubris – commonly known as gimlet or fluted gum– is an iconic Western Australian species, that is endemic to low-rainfall areas of the wheatbelt and goldfields regions.
Features: Eucalyptus salubris is non-lignotuberous mallet growing up to 15 m tall, with fluted stems. They are most noted for their slender, fluted, twisted and shiny trunks. The bark of E. salubris ranges in colour with the seasons from grey or olive green to tan and copper. The buds are oval shaped with short flat stalks. Flowers are inconspicuous white to cream, and occur during summer and autumn. Leaves are glossy green, lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate ranging from 6.5-10.5 cm long, 0.7-1.5 cm wide.
Distribution and habitat: Eucalyptus salubris is endemic to Western Australia and has one of the largest distributions of eucalypts in the southwest. Eucalyptus salubris is found on undulating plains in many soils types including red clay loam, loam, yellow or red sand, and laterite. It tends to forms pure stands or is commonly associated with E. salmonophloia and E. longicornis.
Uses: Eucalyptus salubris is an obligate seeder and this life history enhances its success in direct seeding revegetation programs throughout the wheatbelt, particularly in areas with heavy loam soils. The wood is very dense and honeybrown in colour and is used for flooring, panelling, furniture and musical instruments. Produces burls which are often striped with resin and are prized for craft wood.
Did you Know? In Latin, salubris mean healthy, possibly in reference to the healthy appearance of the tree. The common name refers to the fluted or twisted trunks, resembling a carpenter’s gimlet (a boring tool).
Information Source: http://www.eucalyptsofwa.com.au
Photo credit: Richard McLellan