Eucalyptus propinqua—Small-fruited Grey Gum—MYRTACEAE

Eucalyptus propinqua

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Habitat— Locally frequent, in Wet Coastal Forest and margins of Rainforest on soils of low to medium fertility.

Distribution—North from Wyong in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Tree to 40 m high; bark smooth, patchy, matte, grey or grey–brown, shedding in large plates or flakes.

Local occurrences

Black Head Flora Park, Booti Booti National Park, Brimbin Nature Reserve, Bulahdelah State Forest, Cattai Wetlands, Coorabakh National Park, Harrington, Khappinghat Nature Reserve, Kiwarrak State Forest, Kiwarrak State Forest (Old Bar Section), Myall Lakes National Park, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Raintrees Diamond Beach, Ramada Resort Diamond Beach, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tapin Tops National Park, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.—Simple, entire, alternate with obvious oil dots. Juvenile leaves disjunct, lanceolate, glossy green (pale). Adult leaves disjunct, lanceolate, 8 to 14 cm long, 1.5 to 2.5 cm wide, dark green, glossy, discolorous, penniveined.

Eucalyptus propinqua
Eucalyptus propinqua

Inflorescence.—Umbellasters 7 to > 11–flowered; peduncle terete, 5 to 15 mm long; pedicels terete, 2 to 5 mm long. Buds ovoid or globose, 4 to 5 mm long, 3 to 4 mm diam., scar present; calyptra hemispherical or conical, as long and as wide as hypanthium.

Flowering.—Spring

Eucalyptus propinqua
Eucalyptus propinqua

Fruit.—Fruit hemispherical or conical, 2 to 5 mm long, 3 to 6 mm diam.; disc flat or raised; valves exserted.

Ripe.—Winter