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Eucalyptus sparsifolia

Eucalyptus sparsifolia Blakely, Key Eucalypts 200 (1934).
TYPE: New South Wales, Glenorie to Canoe Grounds, W.F. Blakely & D.W.C Shiress, 14 Oct 1927 (lecto NSW, 3 sheets). Cited as "N.S.W. - Glenore (sic), Maroota and Windsor districts, W.F. Blakely and D.W.C. Shiress, the type". Although not so cited, this collection was selected as "type" by Blakely and clearly labelled as such, and can hence be accepted as the Lectotype.

Eucalyptus sparsiflora Blakely, Key Eucalypts 10 (1934).
sphalm. Eucalyptus sparsifolia

Habit: Tree, Height to 20 m high.
Bark: Bark persistent throughout, stringy, grey to red-brown. Branchlets green. Pith glands absent; Bark glands absent. Cotyledons reniform.
Leaves: Intermediate leaves disjunct early, broad lanceolate, straight, entire, glossy green, petiolate, 8 cm long, 4 mm wide. Adult leaves disjunct, narrow lanceolate or lanceolate, falcate, acute, oblique, glossy, green, thick, concolorous, 8–12 cm long, 1–2 mm wide; Petioles 7–14 mm long. Lateral veins obscure, acute or obtuse, moderately spaced.
Inflorescences: Conflorescence simple, axillary; Umbellasters 11-flowered to more than 11 flowered, regular. Peduncles narrowly flattened or angular (to 3mm wide), 15 mm long. Pedicels terete.
Flowers: Buds fusiform, not glaucous or pruinose, 5–8 mm long, 2–4 mm diam. Calyx calyptrate; persisting to anthesis. Calyptra conical, 1 times as long as hypanthium or 2 times as long as hypanthium, as wide as hypanthium; smooth. Hypanthium smooth. Flowers white, or cream.
Fruits: Fruits globose (slightly flattened), sessile, 4 locular, 8 mm long, 8 mm diam. Disc flat to raised. Valves enclosed to rim-level. Chaff cuboid, chaff same colour as seed.

Occurrence: Widespread and abundant; dry sclerophyll forest or woodland on shallow sandy soils of low fertility.
Distribution: N.S.W. N.S.W. regions North Coast, or Central Coast, or South Coast, or Northern Tablelands, or Central Tablelands, or North Western Slopes, or Central Western Slopes.

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