Common name: Sydney Peppermint
Eucalyptus piperita Sm. APNI*
Synonyms: Eucalyptus piperita var. piperita Sm. APNI*
Eucalyptus piperita subsp. piperita Sm. APNI*
Eucalyptus piperita var. laxiflora Benth. APNI*
Eucalyptus bottii Blakely APNI*
Description: Tree to 20 m high; bark persistent on trunk and larger branches, grey to grey-brown, shortly fibrous (`peppermint'), smooth above, white or grey, shedding in long ribbons.
Juvenile leaves disjunct, ovate, dull grey-green.
Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate to broad-lanceolate, 10–14 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, green or grey-green, dull, concolorous. Umbellasters ≥ 11-flowered; peduncle narrowly flattened or angular, 5–18 mm long; pedicels terete, 2–6 mm long. Buds ovoid or fusiform, 4–8 mm long, 2–3 mm diam., scar absent; calyptra conical (acute or beaked), at least as long and as wide as hypanthium.
Fruit globose, ovoid or urceolate, 6–8 mm long, 6–7 mm diam.; disc depressed; valves enclosed.
Distribution and occurrence: Locally frequent, in dry sclerophyll forest or woodland on moderately fertile often alluvial sandy soil; from Nabiac to Tuross R.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, CWS
Text by K. Hill
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)
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