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Family: Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus baxteri

Citation: Maiden & Blakely ex J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 415 (1926).

Synonymy: E. santalifolia F. Muell. var. (?)baxteri Benth., Fl. Aust. 3:207 (1867); E. baxteri (Benth.)Maiden & Blakely ex J. Black var. pedicellata Maiden & Blakely in Maiden, Crit. Rev. Eucalyptus 70:457 (1928). , Eucalyptus arenacea, Eucalyptus capitellata

Common name: Brown stringybark, Baxters stringybark.

Single-stemmed tree up to 30 m high or multi-stemmed and c. 3-6 m high; bark rough, persistent, fibrous and brown weathering to grey throughout except the very smallest branches, becoming strongly ridged and furrowed on old trees, shedding to reveal a dark rich-brown furrowed layer below; cotyledons obtuse and suborbicular or shallowly and broadly emarginate; juvenile leaves opposite for at least the first 10 pairs, dull, sessile or shortly petiolate, elliptic to lanceolate, rough from numerous short branched hairs; adult leaves alternate, on petioles 5-20 mm long, very oblique, lanceolate to almost ovate, dark, glossy, green, leathery, 3-8 x 2-5 cm.

Flowers in shortly pedunculate umbels of usually 5-11 in leaf axils; buds sessile, rugose, clavate, often with the hypanthium cylindrical below or slightly constricted above the middle, often 6-15 x 4-6 mm; operculum hemispherical, shorter than the rugose hypanthium; filaments white; anthers all fertile, reniform.

Fruit subglobular or hemispherical to pear-shaped, contracted to the broad raised rim, 8-12 x 7-10 mm; valves broad, robust, triangular, usually strongly exserted or occasionally level with the orifice; seeds without wings, irregularly pyramidal or D-shaped, a dark reddish-brown to almost black.

Published illustration: Hall et al. (1970) Forest trees of Australia, p. 171; Boomstoa & Lewis (1980) Native forest and woodland vegetation of South Australia, p. 52.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: MU, SL, KI, SE.   Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: mainly Dec. — Feb.

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