Common name: grey gum
Eucalyptus major (Maiden) Blakely APNI*
Description: Tree to 20 m high. Bark smooth throughout, patchy, matte, grey or grey-brown, shedding in large plates or flakes.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, narrow-lanceolate to lanceolate, to 14 cm long, to 3.5 mm wide. Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate, discolorous, 8–15 cm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide; petioles 15–25 mm long. Lateral veins obtuse, closely spaced.
Umbellasters axillary, 7-flowered. Peduncles terete, 5–15 mm long. Pedicels terete, 0–4 mm long. Buds ovoid, 6–10 mm long, 4–5 mm diam. Calyx calyptrate; shedding early. Calyptra conical, 2 times as long as hyp anthium, as wide as hypanthium; smooth. Flowers white or cream.
Fruits conical, pedicellate, 3–4 locular, 4–7 mm long, 6–8 mm diam. Valves exserted.
Distribution and occurrence: Locally frequent; wet coastal forests on soils of low to medium fertility.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by K.D. Hill
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