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Common name: Scribbly Gum
Eucalyptus haemastoma Sm. APNI*
Description: Tree to 15 m high.
Bark smooth, with scribbles, white or grey or yellow, shedding in short ribbons.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, ovate, dull grey-green. Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate to broad-lanceolate, 12–15 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide, green or grey-green, glossy, concolorous. Umbellasters ≥ 11-flowered; peduncle narrowly flattened or angular, 12–25 mm long; pedicels terete, 3–6 mm long. Buds ovoid or clavate, 6–8 mm long, 4–5 mm diam., scar absent; calyptra hemispherical or conical, shorter and narrower than hypanthium, smooth. Outer stamens infertile.
Fruit conical or pyriform, 6–9 mm long, 6–9 mm diam.; disc flat or slightly raised; valves enclosed or rim-level.
Distribution and occurrence: Locally frequent, in dry sclerophyll woodland on shallow infertile sandy soil on sandstone; from Lake Macquarie to Royal N.P.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC
Extensive intergradation occurs with E. racemosa, mainly south of Port Jackson. These intergrading populations merge with E. sclerophylla further south around Jervis Bay.
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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