Common name: Apple Box
Eucalyptus malacoxylon Blakely APNI*
Synonyms: Eucalyptus stuartiana var. grossa Maiden APNI*
Description: Tree to 15 m high; bark persistent on trunk and branches, grey with whitish patches, fibrous-flaky, smooth above, dull, grey shedding in short ribbons.
Juvenile leaves opposite, orbiculate, cordate, glaucous.
Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate, 15–25 cm long, 2.5–3.5 cm wide, green, dull or semi-glossy, concolorous. Umbellasters 7-flowered; peduncle narrowly flattened or angular, 7–13 mm long; pedicels terete, 1–3 mm long. Buds turbinate or fusiform, glaucous, 6–8 mm long, 4–5 mm diam., scar present; calyptra conical, shorter than and wider than hypanthium.
Fruit conical, 5–7 mm long, 6–8 mm diam.; disc flat or raised; valves exserted.
Distribution and occurrence: Locally frequent but restricted, in grassy or sclerophyll woodland on sloping sandy soils; from north of Bendemeer to Niangala.
NSW subdivisions: NT, NWS
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3R
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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