Photo: Australian National Botanic Gardens


The flowers of Eucalyptus dives produce an aroma to attract pollinators.Domain: Eukarya.  Organisms whose cells contain a true nucleus and membrane-bound organelles.

Kingdom: Plantae. Plants.                                                               

Subkingdom: Tracheobionta.  Vascular plants. 

Superdivision: Spermatophyta.  Seed plants.

Division/Phylum: Magnoliophyta/Anthophyta.  Angiosperms, or flowering plants.

Class: Magnoliopsida.  Dicotyledons, or plants whose seedlings have two seed leaves. 

Order: Myrtales.  Plants whose wood is characterized by more than one layer of phloem tissue around the xylem, along with phloem tissue within the xylem layers, which is uncommon in most angiosperms.  See also the pomegranate, classified under the family Punicaceae within this order.

Photo: HM Rawson

Family: Myrtaceae.  Myrtle family, composed of 131 genera of woody species native to either Australia or tropical America that also possess oil glands.  The guavas are also in this family.

Genus: Eucalyptus L’Herit.  Evergreen plants of diverse sizes native to East Malaysia and Australia. For a description of the Broad-Leaf Peppermint's specific range, go to Habitat.

Species: Eucalyptus dives Schauer.  Broad-leaf peppermint gum.

 The genus name “Eucalyptus” means “well-covered,” and the specific epithet “dives” translates to mean “rich.”  This species was first named by the botanist Johannes Conrad Schauer (1813-1848).

Photo: Arjo Vanderjagt, Groningen, The Netherlands.  This photo was taken in Western Australia; read also about the Western Australian Christmas tree that also grows in this area.

Figure 1: Phylogenetic tree for Eucalyptus dives from Order to Species level.  Evidence for these classifications is derived from a variety of sources.


Figure 2: Phylogenetic tree for Myrtales from Kingdom to Order level, showing several other orders also within the Subclass Rosidae.  Take a look at the salmonberry, medical marijuana, American raspberry, and almond plants, from the Order Rosales.  Evidence is based on fossil records and other sources.

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