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Common name: Blue Mountains Mallee Ash
Eucalyptus stricta Sieber ex Spreng. APNI*
Synonyms: Eucalyptus sp. MAKIG sensu Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*
Description: Mallee to 5 m high; bark smooth, grey or grey-brown, shedding in ribbons.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, broad-lanceolate, glossy green.
Adult leaves disjunct, narrow-lanceolate or lanceolate, 6–10 cm long, 0.6–1 cm wide, green, glossy, concolorous. Umbellasters 7–11-flowered; peduncle narrowly flattened or angular, 7–13 mm long; pedicels terete, 1–3 mm long. Buds clavate, 6–8 mm long, 3–4 mm diam., scar absent; calyptra hemispherical or conical (often beaked), shorter than and as wide as hypanthium, minutely warty.
Fruit globose, ovoid or urceolate, 7–10 mm long, 6–8 mm diam.; disc slightly depressed or flat; valves enclosed or rim-level.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread and locally abundant, in mallee heath on poorly drained shallow sandy soils; from Newnes Plateau to Budawang Ra.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
Members of the E. stricta group show considerable intergradation. E. stricta intergrades with E. apiculata in the southern Blue Mtns, and with E. obstans on the southern Central Coast. E. dendromorpha intergrades with E. stricta in the Blue Mtns, and with E. obstans along the coastal escarpment around Wollongong and further south.
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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