Common name: Blakely's Red Gum
Eucalyptus blakelyi Maiden APNI*
Synonyms: Eucalyptus blakelyi var. irrorata Blakely APNI*
Description: Tree to 20 m high; bark smooth, patchy white, grey to brown or red, shedding in large plates or flakes.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, ovate to orbiculate, dull grey-green.
Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate or broad-lanceolate, 8–16 cm long, 1–2 cm wide, green or grey-green, dull, concolorous. Umbellasters 7-flowered (rarely 11-flowered); peduncle terete or angular, 7–19 mm long; pedicels terete, 1–9 mm long. Buds fusiform, 8–14 mm long, 3–6 mm diam., scar present; calyptra conical or elongate acute, longer than and as wide as hypanthium.
Fruit globose or ovoid, 4–7 mm long, 4–8 mm diam.; disc raised; valves exserted.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread and abundant, in grassy woodlands on various usually moderately fertile soils.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Large-scale intergradation occurs with E. dealbata on the western edge of the tablelands and on the Western Slopes of N.S.W., south to around Cowra, with E. camaldulensis on the ST and SWS, and E, chloroclada around Narrabri. Intergrades with E. tereticornis in several areas such as the upper Hunter, Goulburn, Cox and Kowmung R. valleys.
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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