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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Myrtales

Familia: Myrtaceae
Subfamilia: Myrtoideae
Tribus: Eucalypteae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Subgenus: E. subg. Symphyomyrtus
Sectio: E. sect. Maidenaria
Subsectio: E. subsect. Euryotae
Series: E. ser. Neglectae
Species: Eucalyptus neglecta

Eucalyptus neglecta Maiden, Vict. Naturalist 21: 114 (1904)

Typus: A.W. Howitt s.n. ([1882]; Holotypus: NSW [​NSW313508]; Isotypus: MEL {0224727A(JSTOR), 1609796A(JSTOR) ['clastotype']}).
Type locality: [Australia.] Victoria: in swampy places in the upper parts of Livingstone Creek, near the Great Dividing Range, about 20 miles [c. 32 km] up the stream from Livingstone.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Australasia
Regional: Australia

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Primary references

Maiden, J.H. 1904. Descriptions of two Victorian eucalypts. The Victorian Naturalist 21(8): 112–116. BHL Reference page.

Additional references

Chippendale, G.M. 1988. Eucalyptus. In: Flora of Australia 19: 1–448; 495–507 (Appendix). AGPS. Online. Reference page. [see page 344.]


IUCN: Eucalyptus neglecta Maiden (Least Concern) - Assessed by R. Fensham, B. Laffineur & T. Collingwood on 21 March 2019.
Slee, A.V., Brooker, M.I.H., Duffy, S.M. & West, J.G. 2020. Eucalyptus_neglecta. EUCLID: Eucalypts of Australia. Fourth Edition. Accessed: 2022 September 28
Govaerts, R. et al. 2022. Eucalyptus neglecta in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2022 September 28. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2022. Eucalyptus neglecta. Published online. Accessed: 28 September 2022.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Eucalyptus neglecta in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 09-Oct-10.

Vernacular names
English: Omeo Gum

Eucalyptus neglecta, commonly known as Omeo gum,[2] is a species of small tree that is endemic to a small area of Victoria, Australia. Older plants have rough, fibrous bark on the trunk, otherwise smooth grey to brownish bark, a crown of mostly lance-shaped, egg-shaped or oblong leaves arranged in opposite pairs, flower buds in groups of between seven and fifteen, white flowers and cup-shaped or conical fruit.


Eucalyptus neglecta is a tree, sometimes a mallee that typically grows to a height of 6–7 m (20–23 ft) and forms a lignotuber. It has smooth grey to brownish bark, but older specimens often have fibrous grey to brown bark on the trunk. The crown of the tree is mostly composed of sessile, juvenile leaves that are arranged in opposite pairs, with some intermediate and adult leaves. Juvenile leaves are greyish green, broadly elliptic to almost round, up to 110 mm (4.3 in) long and 70 mm (2.8 in) wide. Adult leaves are lance-shaped, the same shade of green on both sides, 80–150 mm (3.1–5.9 in) long and 25–35 mm (0.98–1.38 in) wide on a petiole up to 23 mm (0.91 in) long. The flower buds are arranged in leaf axils in groups of between seven and fifteen on an unbranched peduncle up to 5 mm (0.20 in) long, the individual buds sessile. Mature buds are oval, 3–6 mm (0.12–0.24 in) long and 3–5 mm (0.12–0.20 in) wide with a conical to rounded operculum. Flowering occurs between November and February and the flowers are white. The fruit is a woody, cup-shaped or conical capsule 3–4 mm (0.12–0.16 in) long and 4–7 mm (0.16–0.28 in) wide with the valves near rim level.[2][3][4]
Taxonomy and naming

Eucalyptus neglecta was first formally described in 1904 by Joseph Maiden in The Victorian Naturalist from specimens collected near Omeo by Alfred William Howitt.[5][6] The specific epithet (neglecta) is from the Latin neglectus meaning "neglected", apparently because the species was not recognised as distinct at first.[3]
Distribution and habitat

Omeo gum grows on river flats along creeks in the Victorian high country, including near Omeo and Bright. Although rare, it is easily recognised because of the unusual foliage in its crown.[2][4]
See also

List of Eucalyptus species


"Eucalyptus neglecta". Australian Plant Census. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
"Eucalyptus neglecta Omeo Gum". Flora of Victoria. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
"Eucalyptus neglecta". Euclid: Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
Chippendale, George M. "Eucalyptus neglecta". Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
"Eucalyptus neglecta". Australian Plant Name Index. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
Maiden, Joseph (1904). "Descriptions of two Victorian eucalypts". The Victorian Naturalist. 21: 114–116. Retrieved 12 November 2019.

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