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Common name: White Box
Eucalyptus albens Benth. APNI*
Synonyms: Eucalyptus albens var. elongata Blakely APNI*
Eucalyptus hemiphloia var. albens (Benth.) Maiden APNI*
Description: Tree to 25 m high; bark persistent on full trunk, grey with whitish patches, fibrous-flaky (`box'), smooth above, grey, shedding in short ribbons.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, ovate to orbiculate, glaucous.
Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate or broad-lanceolate, 9–15 cm long, 2–5.5 cm wide, grey-green to glaucous, dull, discolorous. Conflorescence compound; umbellasters 7-flowered; peduncle narrowly flattened or angular, 10–18 mm long; pedicels terete, 0–5 mm long. Buds cylindrical or fusiform, glaucous, 10–18 mm long, 4–7 mm diam., scar absent; calyptra conical, as long and as wide as hypanthium. All stamens fertile.
Fruit cylindrical or urceolate, 6–15 mm long, 5–10 mm diam.; disc depressed; valves enclosed.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, community dominant, in grassy or sclerophyll woodland on a range of soils, usually of higher fertility; chiefly on Western Slopes.
NSW subdivisions: CC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. S.A.
Intergrades with E. moluccana in the upper Hunter Valley.
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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