Eucalyptus moluccana

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Grey box, gum-topped box
Eucalyptus molucanna.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species:
E. moluccana
Binomial name
Eucalyptus moluccana
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E. moluccana, field distribution

Eucalyptus moluccana, commonly known as the grey box or gum-topped box, is a medium-sized to occasionally tall tree with rough, persistent bark on the lower trunk, shedding above to leave a smooth whitish or light grey, sometimes shiny surface; hence the original name Eucalyptus hemiphloia, from the Ancient Greek hemi- "half", -phloia or phloos "bark".

Description[edit]

The adult leaves are stalked, broad lanceolate to lanceolate, to 14 x 3.5 cm in length, glossy, green, flat or undulate, with numerous oil glands.[1]

The white flowers appear in mid summer to mid autumn.

Distribution[edit]

Distribution is widespread on the coastal plains and ranges northwards from Jervis Bay in New South Wales to the area between Rockhampton and Mackay in Queensland, then with a substantial gap to the northern occurrences in the ranges from west of Paluma to the southern part of the Atherton Tableland; also two small disjunct patches east of Clermont near Eungella Dam.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooker, M. I. H. (2000). "A new classification of the genus Eucalyptus". Australian Systematic Botany. CSIRO Publishing. 13 (1): 79–148. doi:10.1071/sb98008. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  2. ^ Brooker, M.I.H. & Kleinig, D.A. Field Guide to Eucalyptus, Bloomings, Melbourne 2001