Common name: Brittle Gum
Eucalyptus mannifera Mudie APNI*
Description: Tree to 20 m high; bark smooth, powdery, white, grey or red (in patches), shedding in short ribbons or plates or flakes.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, linear to lanceolate, dull grey-green to glaucous. Adult leaves disjunct, narrow-lanceolate or lanceolate, 6–18 cm long, 0.8–3 cm wide, green to grey-green, dull, concolorous.
Umbellasters 7-flowered; peduncle terete, 6 mm long; pedicels terete, 0–5 mm long. Buds ovoid or shortly fusiform, 3–6 mm long, 2–5 mm diam., scar present; calyptra hemispherical or conical, shorter than to as long as and as wide as hypanthium.
Fruit hemispherical or ovoid, 4–6 mm long, 4–7 mm diam.; disc raised; valves exserted.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread and abundant, in open dry sclerophyll woodland on usually shallow and rocky somewhat infertile soils; south from Rylstone.
NSW subdivisions: SC, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Vic.
The taxon formerly recognised as E. mannifera subsp. praecox is now considered a separate species, E. lactea R.T. Baker.
Text by K. Hill
| ||Key to the subspecies|| |
|1||Buds obtuse, pedicels slender; juvenile leaves linear; ± glaucous; adult foliage drooping, leaves 0.8–3 cm wide.||subsp. mannifera|
|Buds acute; pedicels thick; juvenile leaves lanceolate to ± oblong, dark green; adult foliage not drooping, leaves 1.3–1.8 cm wide.||subsp. gullickii|
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