Eucalyptus saligna—Sydney Blue Gum—MYRTACEAE

Eucalyptus saligna

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Habitat— Widespread and abundant, in wet forest and rainforest on soils of moderate fertility, often on slopes;

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

Description—Tree to 50 m high; bark smooth, powdery, white or grey, shedding in short ribbons or flakes, sometimes persistent on lower trunk.

Local occurrences

Barrington Tops National Park, Bulahdelah State Forest, Coorabakh National Park, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, Khappinghat Nature Reserve, Kiwarrak State Forest, Myall Lakes National Park, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tapin Tops National Park and Wallingat National Park

Leaves.—Simple, entire, alternate with obvious oil dots. Juvenile leaves disjunct, ovate, glossy green to dark green. Adult leaves disjunct, broad-lanceolate, 10 to 17 cm long, 2 to 3 cm wide, dark green, glossy, discolorous, penniveined

Eucalyptus saligna
Eucalyptus saligna

Inflorescence.—Umbellasters 7 to 11–flowered; peduncle narrowly flattened or angular, 4 to 18 mm long; pedicels terete, 0 to 3 mm long. Buds ovoid to cylindrical or fusiform, 5 to 8 mm long, 3 to 4 mm diam., scar present; calyptra conical (slightly beaked), as long and as wide as hypanthium.


Eucalyptus saligna
Eucalyptus saligna

Fruit.—Fruit cylindrical, pyriform or campanulate, 5 to 8 mm long, 4 to 7 mm diam.; disc depressed; valves exserted.

Ripe.—Summer to Winter