Eucalyptus placita—Grey Ironbark—MYRTACEAE

Eucalyptus placita

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Habitat—In wet forest including edges of Subtropical Rainforest and Littoral Rainforest.

Distribution—North from Cessnock to Kempsey in New South Wales.

Description—A Large Tree to 50 m high; bark persistent throughout, grey—black.

Local occurrences

Bulahdelah State Forest, Forster Cemetery, Kiwarrak State Forest, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve and Wallingat National Park

Leaves.—Simple, entire, alternate with obvious oil dots. Juvenile leaves disjunct, ovate, glossy green. Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate to broad—lanceolate, 7 to 15 cm long, 1.4 to 3 cm wide, green, semi-glossy, discolorous

Eucalyptus placita
Eucalyptus placita

Inflorescence.—Conflorescence compound; umbellasters 7—flowered; peduncle narrowly flattened or angular, 5 to 11 mm long; pedicels terete, 4 to 8 mm long. Buds ovoid or shortly fusiform, 4 to 7 mm long, 4 to 5 mm diam., scar present; calyptra conical, shorter and narrower than hypanthium. Outer stamens infertile; anthers cuboid.

Flowering.—April to May

Eucalyptus placita
Eucalyptus placita

Fruit.—Hemispherical, conical, pyriform or ovoid, 4 or 5—locular, smooth or ± angular, 6 to 9 mm long, 3 to 7 mm diam.; disc depressed or flat; valves enclosed or rim-level.

Ripe.—Late Winter to Spring