Eucalyptus fracta K.D.Hill APNI*
Description: Tree or mallee to 8 m high; bark persistent on trunk and branches to c. 7 cm diam., grey-black 'ironbark' then smooth and whitish, with small branchlets slightly glaucous.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, orbiculate, blue-green, dull. Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate, 7–11 cm long, 1–2.5 cm wide, grey-green, glossy, concolorous.
Conflorescences compound; umbellasters 7-flowered; peduncle terete, 6–10 mm long; pedicels terete, 1–5 mm long. Buds fusiform, 6–8 mm long, 2–3 mm diam., scar present; calyptra conical, acute or rounded apically, shorter and narrower than hypanthium. All stamens fertile.
Fruit cup-shaped, 5–8 mm long, 5–7 mm diam.; disc depressed; valves rim-level or slightly exserted.
Distribution and occurrence: Locally frequent but restricted to shallow soils along the upper escarpment of a steep sandstone range; known only from the northern Broken Back Ra., near Cessnock
NSW subdivisions: NC
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable
Text by K. Hill
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