Eucalyptus canaliculata—Large-fruiting Grey Gum—MYRTACEAE

Eucalyptus canaliculata

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Habitat— Locally frequent, in wet or dry sclerophyll forest and Rainforest margins on soils of medium fertility.

Distribution— Confined to the Mid North Coast in New South Wales, from the eastern and southern foothills of the Barrington Tops, Gloucester to the Hunter River.

Description— Tree to 30 m high; bark smooth, patchy, matte, white, grey or pink, shedding in large plates or flakes.

Local occurrences

Barrington Tops National Park, Booti Booti National Park, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Myall Lakes National Park, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Stephen Street Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.—Simple, entire, alternate with obvious oil dots. Juvenile leaves disjunct, narrow–lanceolate, glossy green. Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate, 8 to 15 cm long, 1.5 to 3 cm wide, dark green, glossy, discolorous, penniveined.

Eucalyptus canaliculata
Eucalyptus canaliculata

Inflorescence.—Umbellasters 7–flowered; peduncle broadly flattened, 10 to 18 mm long; pedicels terete, 4 to 7 mm long. Buds ovoid, 7 to 12 mm long, 5 to 6 mm diam., scar present; calyptra conical, as long and as wide as or narrower than hypanthium.

Flowering.—Late Summer

Eucalyptus canaliculata
Eucalyptus canaliculata

Fruit.—Fruit hemispherical or turbinate, ribbed, 6 to 12 mm long, 6–14 mm diam.; disc raised; valves exserted.

Ripe.—Winter