Eucalyptus cephalocarpa

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Eucalyptus cephalocarpa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: E. cephalocarpa
Binomial name
Eucalyptus cephalocarpa
Blakely

Eucalyptus cephalocarpa (silver-leaved stringybark, silver stringybark or mealy stingybark) is a small to medium-sized tree, native to and Victoria and New South Wales in Australia.

Description[edit]

The species grows to 15 metres in height and has thick, soft fibrous grey-brown, fissured bark, typical of the "peppermints", which is persistent over the whole tree, or nearly so.[1][2]

The juvenile leaves are opposite, dull grey-green and sessile.[2] The cream or white flowers are followed by conical or globose woody fruits which usually appear in groups of 3 or 7 and are almost sessile.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

The species was first formally described as a subspecies of Eucalyptus cinerea by botanist Joseph Maiden in A Critical Revision of the Genus Eucalyptus in 1914. It was promoted to species status by William Blakely in A Key to the Eucalypts in 1934.[3]

Distribution[edit]

The species is common around Melbourne, from the eastern suburbs to the Dandenongs and south to the Mornington Peninsula. From Melbourne it extends eastwards through Gippsland, and just over the border into New South Wales.[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Costermans, L. (1981). Native Trees and Shrubs of South-eastern Australia. Australia: Rigby. p. 363. ISBN 072701403X. 
  2. ^ a b c "Eucalyptus cephalocarpa". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Eucalyptus cephalocarpa". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2009-06-26.