Eucalyptus platypus (Coastal Moort)Insects on the Moort

Known as the Coastal Moort (Eucalyptus platypus) or just Moort, is a species of mallee known as marlock or moort (a marlock or moort is a shrubby or small-tree form of Eucalyptus found in Western Australia).

Coastal Moort (Eucalyptus platypus), Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Coastal Moort (Eucalyptus platypus), Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

It has smooth bark and broadly elliptical to more or less round adult leaves. The flower buds are in groups of nine on a broad, flattened peduncle (a stalk supporting an inflorescence or a solitary flower). The flowers are usually creamy white and conical, down-turned fruit.

Coastal Moort (Eucalyptus platypus), Midwest WA © Gary Taylor
Coastal Moort (Eucalyptus platypus), Midwest WA © Gary Taylor

When in flower, the Coastal Moort is popular with a number of insects and birds.

Check out our blogs: The Coastal Moort, Everyone loves a platypus… and In the folds of the Platypus buds


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Charophyta
  • Class: Equisetopsida
  • Subclass: Magnoliidae
  • Superorder: Rosanae
  • Order: Myrtales
  • Family: Myrtaceae
  • Genus: Eucalyptus
  • Species: Eucalyptus platypus

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs © Gary Taylor
  2. Eucalyptus platypus Hook., Maalok, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://id.biodiversity.org.au/node/apni/7722602
  3. Eucalyptus platypus, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_platypus (last visited Dec. 5, 2022).

Eucalyptus platypus (Coastal Moort)Insects on the Moort

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