Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
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Tall tree to about 40 m with long, ascending, spreading branches bearing clusters of dark green leaves towards the apices. Leave are broad-lanceolate, tapering to a fine-pointed apex, 10-16 cm by 3-6 cm wide, with a prominent midrib and numerous fine lateral veins at almost 90 degrees from the midrib. Petioles of up to 4 cm long are grooved or flat. Flower buds are cylindrical to club-shaped, 9 mm long on short stout pedicels, borne on short axillary peduncles about 1.5 mm long, in clusters of 7-11. Flowers are white or creamy white and up to 2 cm across. Fruits are cup-shaped, woody capsules up to 1.2 cm long bu 0.9 cm across.
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December, January, February
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New South Wales, Victoria.
Reason for introduction
eucalyptus: From the Greek eu ‘good or well’ and calypha ‘covered’, alluding to the calyx which covers the flower like a lid.