Common name: Sydney Red Gum, Rusty Gum, Smooth-barked Apple
Angophora costata (Gaertn.) Britten APNI*
Description: Tree to 30 m high; bark smooth, shedding in small scales, pink, grey or cream.
Juvenile leaves ovate or elliptic, to 12.5 cm long, 6.5 cm wide.
Adult leaves lanceolate, 9–17 cm long, 2–3.5 cm wide, apex acute or acuminate, base acute, ± glabrous, discolorous, regularly penniveined; petiole 10–25 mm long. Peduncles 7–18 mm long, glabrous or hispid; pedicels 4–10 mm long, glabrous or hispid. Buds ovoid or globose, 5–7 mm long, 5–6 mm diam. Petals 3–4 mm wide, 3–4 mm long. Hypanthium strongly ribbed.
Fruit ovoid or campanulate, sometimes apically narrowed, 9–15 mm long, 12–15 mm diam.; disc depressed.
Distribution and occurrence: Widely scattered and locally abundant, on deep sandy soils or sandy soils on sandstone; chiefly on the coast from Coffs Harbour to Bodalla and west into the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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