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Corymbia ficifolia

Corymbia ficifolia (F. Muell.) K.D. Hill & L.A.S. Johnson, Telopea 6: 245 (1995).
Eucalyptus ficifolia var. carmina Blakely, Key Eucalypts 85 (1934).
TYPE: New South Wales, Domain plot, tree on W. side (cult.), W.F. Blakely, 2 Jan 1925 (lecto NSW).
Eucalyptus ficifolia F. Muell., Fragm. 2: 85 (1860).
TYPE: Western Australia, Broken Inlet, G. Maxwell (holo MEL, iso K). Type citation: 'Prope litora aestuarii 'Broken Inlet' Nova Hollandia austro-occidentalis. Mx.'


Habit: Tree, Height to 10 m high.
Bark: Bark persistent throughout, tessellated or shortly fibrous ("peppermint"), grey-brown to red-brown. Pith glands present; Bark glands present. Cotyledons suborbicular.
Leaves: Juvenile leaves disjunct from node 3–5, lanceolate to ovate, hispid with simple hairs and bristle glands, petiolate. Intermediate leaves disjunct early, lanceolate to elliptic, straight, entire, dull green, petiolate. Adult leaves opposite or disjunct, broad lanceolate or ovate, not falcate, acute to obtuse or apiculate, basally tapered or basally rounded, glossy, green, thick, discolorous, 7.5–15 cm long, 30–50 mm wide; Petioles narrowly flattened or channelled (sometimes), Petioles 10–20 mm long. Lateral veins prominent or obscure, obtuse, closely spaced. Intramarginal vein distinct, continuous.
Inflorescences: Conflorescence compound, terminal; Umbellasters 3-flowered to 7-flowered, regular. Peduncles terete, 15–25 mm long. Pedicels terete, 15–25 mm long.
Flowers: Buds turbinate to clavate, not glaucous or pruinose, 9–13 mm long, 6–8 mm diam. Calyx calyptrate; persisting to anthesis. Calyptra patelliform and rostrate, narrower than hypanthium; smooth. Hypanthium smooth. Flowers cream to pink, or red.
Fruits: Fruits ovoid, pedicellate, 4 locular, 25–35 mm long, 20–30 mm diam. Calyptra scar flat, 0.2–0.5 mm wide. Disc depressed. Valves enclosed. Seeds regular or laterally compressed, cymbiform or ovoid, shallowly reticulate, dull to semi-glossy, red-brown. Hilum terminal. Chaff linear, chaff same colour as seed.

Distribution: W.A.

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