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Common name: Silver-leaved Ironbark
Eucalyptus melanophloia F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Tree to 20 m high; bark persistent throughout, grey-black, `ironbark'.
Juvenile leaves opposite after 13th node, ovate to orbiculate, glaucous.
Adult leaves opposite, broad-lanceolate or ovate, 5–9 cm long, 2–3.5 cm wide, glaucous, dull, concolorous. Conflorescence compound; umbellasters 7-flowered; peduncle terete or angular, 4–16 mm long; pedicels terete, 1–7 mm long. Buds shortly fusiform, glaucous, 7–9 mm long, 3–5 mm diam., scar present; calyptra conical, shorter than or as long as and as wide as hypanthium. All stamens fertile.
Fruit globose, hemispherical, ovoid or urceolate, 3–8 mm long, 3–8 mm diam.; disc depressed; valves rim-level or exserted.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread and abundant, in grassy or sclerophyll woodland on lighter soils; north from Dubbo.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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