Common name: Brittle Gum
Eucalyptus lactea R.T.Baker APNI*
Synonyms: Eucalyptus praecox Maiden APNI*
Eucalyptus mannifera subsp. praecox (Maiden) L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Description: Tree to 15 m high, forming a ligonotuber. Bark smooth, powdery, white or grey, shedding in short ribbons or flakes.
Juvenile leaves opposite, sessile or subsessile for many pairs, ovate to elliptical, bluey-green to glaucous. Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate or broad-lanceolate, 8–14 cm long, 1–2 cm wide, green or grey-green, dull, concolorous.
Umbellasters 7–11-flowered; peduncle terete, 5–8 mm long; pedicels terete, 1–3 mm long. Buds ovoid, ± glaucous, 4–6 mm long, 3–4 mm diam., scar present; calyptra hemispherical, shorter than and as wide as hypanthium.
Fruit globose or ovoid, 5–6 mm long, 5–6 mm diam.; disc raised; valves 3 or 4, exserted.
Flowering: Flowers have been recorded in June and July
Distribution and occurrence: Liverpool Range to Captains Flat.
Locally frequent, in dry sclerophyll woodland on shallow usually sandy soil.
NSW subdivisions: NT, CT, ST, CWS
This taxon formerly known by the name Eucalyptus praecox Maiden but, at species rank, Eucalyptus lactea R.T.Baker predates this name and has priority.
Text by K. Hill; updated by PG Wilson, October 2019
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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