Eucalyptus spp. of the family Myrtaceae, including about 200 different species that have word mallee as all or part of one or more of their common names --- I have no idea which of them are represented on this page, but they appear to all be native to Australia. These species taken together share at least some 300 different common names, which, combined with the variety of 200+ species, means that this term translates into English as approximately "yeah, it's some kind of Australian wood, all right". Even the commonly listed varieties such as "red", "white", and so forth, have numberous species of the genus Eucalyptus that use those names.
According to several reports, mallee is "scrubland vegatation" (I take this to mean "bush") that is common in many parts of Australia. Among other things, it produces a useful oil. I have seen mention of trees and lumber but it appears to be sold almost exclusively as a burl, very probably because the small size of the bush/tree prohibits lumber production and also it could be that even turning stock of the non-burl portions would not be particularly interesting, whereas the burl, as you can see below, is quite attractive.
my samples: NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K) colors will vary under other lighting conditions
both sides of a sample plank of bull mallee burl / Eucalyptus behriana --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.
end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above
brown mallee pen blanks that have been oiled and waxed
red mallee burl pen blanks
red mallee burls
red mallee burl turnging stock
red mallee scales
brown mallee burl thin bowl blank
brown mallee burl raw and then sliced and finished
brown mallee burl slabs
brown mallee burl turning stock
brown mallee burl pen blanks
one of these was specified as red mallee and the other was just mallee, but they seem to be at the very least a color variation of red mallee.
red mallee burl knife handle
bowl made from "fruited" mallee
bowl made from brown mallee burl
brown mallee burl bowl shot at a craft show --- HUGE enlargements are present
bowls from red mallee burl
red mallee burl bowl shot at a woodworking show. HUGE enlargements are present.
platter from red mallee burl
hollow form listed as horistes mallee / Eucalyptus socialis, which according to my information cannot be correct. That is, horistes mallee is NOT Ecualyptus socialis (which is "gray mallee"), it is Eucalyptus horistes
brown mallee bowls by Bryan Nelson (NelsonWood). Bryan fine-polishes his bowls with 1200 or even higher grit sandpaper while they are spinning at high speed on the lathe and then finishes them there with a friction polish of his own devising, thus achieving a shine and color vibrancy that is beautiful to behold.
red mallee bowls by Bryan Nelson (NelsonWood). Bryan fine-polishes his bowls with 1200 or even higher grit sandpaper while they are spinning at high speed on the lathe and then finishes them there with a friction polish of his own devising, thus achieving a shine and color vibrancy that is beautiful to behold.