Queensland Native Seeds

Eucalyptus exserta

Scientific NameEucalyptus exserta
Common Name(s)Queensland Peppermint, Yellow Messmate


"Tree to 20 m tall, or mallee to 5 m tall. Forming a lignotuber." (Euclid, 4th Ed.)


Eucalyptus exserta appears to occur almost exclusively on shallow soils. It is one of the most generous seed producers in its good years, easily worked with due to its limited height and also very accessible on both state forests and private lands. Seed setting leading to large harvests however seems to be confined to periods following major rainfall events. The edaphic preferences of the tree infer that its water availability will be relatively limited. Seed set leading to large harvests has been confined to periods following major rainfall events in our twelve years of observation.

Considering the normal range of conditions for mining rehabilitation where limited water availability is often a limiting factor, and also the wide distribution of E.exserta, its success in direct seeding programs should be scrutinised. The taxon could warrant heavier utilisation in general.

Historical Notes


"Central, eastern and south-eastern Queensland extending to west of Charleville and northwards to the Atherton Tableland, also north-east of Yetman in far northern New South Wales; absent from far south-eastern Queensland; preferring stony hills and rises." (Brooker, M.I.H., and Kleinig, D.A., 2004)

References and Related Links

EUCLID Eucalypts of Australia Edition 4 (2015, internet based, hosted by the Atlas of Living Australia). Date accessed: Oct 9, 2019.



Brooker M.I.H., Kleinig D.A. (2004) ‘Field guide to eucalypts. Vol. 3. 2nd edn. (Bloomings Books: Melbourne)