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Family: Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus rubida

Citation: Deane & Maiden, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 21:156 (1899).

Synonymy: E. gunnii Hook. f. var. rubida (Deane & Maiden)Maiden, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S.W. 26:577 (1901); E. viminalis Labill. var. microcarpa F. Muell. ex Miq., Nederl. Kruidk. Arch. 4:125 (1856).

Common name: Candlebark gum, white gum.

Single-stemmed trees to 33 m high, sometimes branched from near the ground; bark smooth, orange or reddish, shedding in strips to reveal a while waxy layer, rough bark persisting on the lower parts; cotyledons notched or reniform; juvenile leaves opposite to alternate, sessile or petiolate, narrow-elliptic to cordate or almost orbicular; adult leaves alternate, on petioles 15-35 mm long, narrow-lanceolate, undulate, firm but thin, glossy, 10-25 x 1.2-2.7.

Flowers in umbels of 3 in the axils of the leaves; buds on pedicels 0-3 mm long, ellipsoid, smooth, 6-7 x 3.5-4 mm; operculum conical, about as long as the hypanthium; flowers white; anthers all fertile, subobcordate.

Fruits truncate-obovoid to subglobose, with domed disk, usually glaucous, 5-6 x 6-7 mm; valves 3 or 4, stout, triangular, exserted; seeds dark, irregular in shape, with shallow depressions.

Published illustration: Hall et al. (1970) Forest trees of Australia, p. 121; Costermans (1981) Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 361.

Distribution:    Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas. Cool areas on fertile soils.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: mainly Nov. — Feb.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: This species is scarcely separable from E. viminalis subsp. viminalis without seedling or coppice leaves which are broader in this species.

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