Common name: Camden White Gum, Bentham's Gum
Eucalyptus benthamii Maiden & Cambage APNI*
Description: Tree to 40 m high; bark smooth, white, shedding in short ribbons or flakes.
Juvenile leaves opposite, elliptic to ovate, dull grey-green to glaucous. Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate, 8–12 cm long, 1.5–2 cm wide, green, dull, concolorous.
Umbellasters 7-flowered; peduncle terete, 5–6 mm long; pedicels terete, 0–2 mm long. Buds ovoid or clavate, sometimes glaucous, 3–5 mm long, 2–3 mm diam., scar present, but outer calyptra not shedding cleanly; calyptra hemispherical, shorter than and narrower than or as wide as hypanthium.
Fruit campanulate, 4–5 mm long, 4–5 mm diam.; disc flat or raised; valves exserted.
Distribution and occurrence: Restricted but locally abundant, in wet forest on sandy alluvial soils along valley floors; known from the Nattai, Kedumba, and the lower Nepean Rivers.
NSW subdivisions: CC
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Vulnerable; Commonwealth EPBC: Vulnerable
Proposed Endangered Species listing - Preliminary Determination open for comments until 1 October 2022. More information can be found here .
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.