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Eucalyptus melanophloia

Eucalyptus melanophloia F. Muell., J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 3: 93 (1859).
TYPE: Queensland, "subtropical Australia", T.L. Mitchell 485, 5 Mar 1846 (syn K), Moreton Bay, C. Moore 66, 1854 (syn K). Cited as "N. Holl. Sub-Trop., Mitchell. Moreton Bay, Moore. Sydney Woods, Paris Exhib. No. 66, in hb. Hook."


Habit: Tree, Height to 20 m high.
Bark: Bark persistent throughout, "ironbark", grey-black. Branchlets green. Pith glands present; Bark glands absent. Cotyledons obreniform (bilobed).
Leaves: Intermediate leaves opposite, ovate to orbiculate, straight, entire, glaucous, sessile, 10 cm long, 10 mm wide. Adult leaves opposite, broad lanceolate or ovate, not falcate, obtuse or rounded, cordate, dull, glaucous, thick, concolorous, 5–9 cm long, 2–3.5 mm wide; Petioles 0–3 mm long. Lateral veins obscure, acute or obtuse, moderately spaced.
Inflorescences: Conflorescence compound, terminal or axillary; Umbellasters 7-flowered, irregular. Peduncles terete or narrowly flattened or angular (to 3mm wide), 4–16 mm long. Pedicels terete, 1–7 mm long.
Flowers: Buds fusiform (short), glaucous, 7–9 mm long, 3–5 mm diam. Calyx calyptrate; shedding early. Calyptra conical, 1 times as long as hypanthium or 2 times as long as hypanthium, as wide as hypanthium; smooth. Hypanthium smooth, or ribbed. Flowers white, or cream.
Fruits: Fruits globose or hemispherical or ovoid or urceolate, pedicellate, 4 locular, 3–8 mm long, 3–8 mm diam. Disc depressed. Valves rim-level or exserted. Chaff dimorphic, linear and cuboid, chaff same colour as seed.

Occurrence: Widespread and abundant; grassy or sclerophyllous woodland on lighter soils.
Distribution: Qld, or N.S.W. N.S.W. regions North Coast, or Southern Tablelands, or North Western Slopes, or South Western Slopes, or North Western Plains.

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