Common name: grey gum
Eucalyptus punctata DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Eucalyptus punctata DC. subsp. punctata APNI*
Description: Tree to 35 m high; bark smooth, patchy, matte, white, grey, grey-brown, salmon or orange, shedding in large plates or flakes.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, narrow-lanceolate to lanceolate, glossy green.
Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate, 8–15 cm long, 1.5–3 cm wide, dark green, glossy, discolorous, penniveined. Umbellasters 7-flowered; peduncle flattened or angular, 5–19 mm long; pedicels terete, 2–9 mm long. Buds ovoid, 9–11 mm long, 4–6 mm diam., scar present; calyptra conical (inflated), longer than and at least as wide as hypanthium.
Fruit cylindrical or hemispherical, 5–12 mm long, 5–10 mm diam.; disc flat or slightly raised; valves exserted.
Distribution and occurrence: Locally frequent, in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland on soils of low to medium fertility; from the Liverpool Ra. to south of Nowra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Populations in the lower Hunter Valley in the Maitland-Singleton-Cessnock area are intermediate between E. punctataE. canaliculata.E.punctata itself shows wide variation across its range; further study is required to ascertain if any subspecies should be formally recognised.
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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