Common name: Grey Box, Terriyergro (D'harawal)
Eucalyptus moluccana Roxb. APNI*
Synonyms: Eucalyptus hemiphloia F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Tree to 25 m high; bark persistent on lower or full trunk, grey with whitish patches, fibrous-flaky (`box'), smooth above, grey, shedding in long to short ribbons.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, ovate to orbiculate, dull grey-green.
Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate to ovate, 8–14 cm long, 2–3.3 cm wide, green, glossy, concolorous. Conflorescence compound; umbellasters 7-flowered; peduncle terete or angular, 5–13 mm long; pedicels terete, 1–7 mm long. Buds ovoid to fusiform, 5–9 mm long, 3–4 mm diam., scar absent; calyptra conical or rostrate, shorter than and as wide as hypanthium. All stamens fertile.
Fruit cylindrical or ovoid, 5–9 mm long, 4–6 mm diam.; disc depressed; valves enclosed.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, community dominant, in grassy woodland or forest on loamy soils of moderate to high fertility; north from Nowra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, ?CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Intergradation occurs with E. albens in the upper Hunter Valley. The intergrades have a more spreading habit and display varying degrees of glaucousness.
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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