Common name: Ribbon Gum, Manna Gum
Eucalyptus viminalis Labill. APNI*
Description: Tree to 30 m high (sometimes 50); bark smooth or persistent on lower trunk, grey to grey-black, shortly fibrous, hard, platy, smooth above, white, grey or yellow, shedding in long ribbons.
Juvenile leaves opposite, lanceolate, dull green.
Adult leaves disjunct, narrow-lanceolate or lanceolate, 8–20 cm long, 0.8–2.5 cm wide, green, glossy, concolorous. Umbellasters 3-flowered; peduncle narrowly flattened or angular, 4–8 mm long; pedicels terete, 0–3 mm long. Buds ovoid, 5–8 mm long, 3–5 mm diam., scar present; calyptra hemispherical to conical, at least as long and as wide as hypanthium.
Fruit cylindrical, globose or ovoid, 4–8 mm long, 4–9 mm diam.; disc raised; valves exserted.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread and abundant, in grassy woodland or forest on fertile loamy soils.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Subspecies are not separated in this treatment as the taxa are considered to be distinct species. Occurrences from Howes Swamp (CC) with bluish juvenile leaves may be a separate taxon.
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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