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Corymbia foelscheana

Corymbia foelscheana (F. Muell.) K.D. Hill & L.A.S. Johnson, Telopea 6: 333 (1995).
Eucalyptus darwinensis D.J. Carr & S.G.M. Carr, Eucalyptus 2: 131 (1987).
TYPE: Northern Territory, near Manton Dam, S.T. Blake 16805, 18 Aug. 1946 (holo CANB, iso BRI)
Eucalyptus kakadu D.J. Carr & S.G.M. Carr, Eucalyptus 2: 138 (1987).
TYPE: Northern Territory, 15 km SE of Darwin on highway, S.G.M. Carr 50, 4 Apr 1966 (holo CANB ex FRI, iso MEL).
Eucalyptus leiophloia var. lepidophloia Blakely & Jacobs, in Blakely, Key Eucalypts 83 (1934).
TYPE: Northern Territory, track to Katherine River, and Katherine River; W. Baldwin Spencer, Jul-Aug 1911 (holo NSW)
Eucalyptus foelscheana F. Muell., Chem. & Druggist 5, Australas. Suppl.: 56 (1882).
TYPE: Northern Territory, Port Darwin, P. Foelsche MEL153998 (lecto MEL, fide Carr & Carr 1987). Type citation: 'Near Port Darwin, on sandy soil; Mr. Paul Foelsche. Found also in other northern portions of Arnhem's Land, by Mr. J. McKinlay.' Also mentioned are collections by P. Brown in 1882 as possibly belonging to this species.


Habit: Tree (small), Height to 12 m high.
Bark: Bark persistent on lower trunk to persistent on trunk and larger branches, tessellated or shortly fibrous ("peppermint"), grey, dull, white or grey (above), shedding in small polygonal flakes. Pith glands present; Bark glands present. Cotyledons suborbicular.
Leaves: Juvenile leaves disjunct from node 3–5, lanceolate to ovate, hispid with bristle glands only, petiolate. Intermediate leaves disjunct early, lanceolate to elliptic, straight, entire, dull green, petiolate, 33 cm long, 250 mm wide; leaf petioles to 45 mm long. Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate to broad lanceolate or ovate to suborbiculate, not falcate, acute to obtuse or rounded, basally rounded, dull, grey-green, thick, concolorous, 10–16 cm long, 40–100 mm wide; Petioles narrowly flattened or channelled, Petioles 20–45 mm long. Lateral veins obscure, obtuse, closely spaced. Intramarginal vein distinct or confluent with margin, continuous.
Inflorescences: Conflorescence compound, terminal; Umbellasters 3-flowered to 7-flowered, regular. Peduncles terete (thick), 10–37 mm long. Pedicels terete, 5–17 mm long.
Flowers: Buds obovoid to pyriform or clavate, not glaucous or pruinose, 9–15 mm long, 8–10 mm diam. Calyx calyptrate; persisting to anthesis. Calyptra conical, 0.33–0.5 times as long as hypanthium, narrower than hypanthium; smooth. Hypanthium smooth. Flowers white, or cream.
Fruits: Fruits ovoid to urceolate, pedicellate, 4 locular, 19–30 mm long, 14–24 mm diam. Calyptra scar flat, 0.2–0.5 mm wide. Disc depressed, 3–4 mm wide. Valves enclosed. Seeds regular and laterally compressed, cymbiform or ovoid, shallowly reticulate, dull to semi-glossy, red-brown. Hilum terminal. Chaff linear, chaff same colour as seed.

Distribution: N.T.

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