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Eucalyptus websterana

Citation: Maiden, Proc. R. Soc. N.S.W. 49:313 (1915).

Synonymy: E. orbifolia sensu Chippendale in Jessop, Fl. Cent. Aust. 243 (1981), partly.

Common name: Websters mallee.

Multi-stemmed trees to 6 m high, with slender straggling stems; bark smooth, reddish-brown, shedding in curling strips curling longitudinally to expose a pale yellowish-green layer; cotyledons deeply 2-fid; juvenile leaves petiolate, opposite to alternate, linear to orbicular; adult leaves usually alternate, on petioles 6-15 mm long, obovoid to obcordate, dull, grey-green 2-4 x 1.5-2.5 cm.

Flowers in umbels of up to 7 in the axils of the leaves; buds on pedicels 6-8 mm long, globose or broad-ovoid, grey-pink, 5-7 x 4-6 mm; operculum more or less obtuse, broadly conical, smooth or wrinkled, longer and usually wider than the hypanthium; flowers cream to yellow; anthers all fertile, broadly reniform.

Fruits reddish-brown, shallowly obconical, smooth, waxy when young; 7-11 x 10-15 mm; disk broad, ascending to form a conspicuous dome; valves triangular, exserted; seeds sublunate, wrinkled, not winged, grey-brown.

Published illustration: Chippendale (1973) Eucalypts of Western Australian goldfields, p. 117.

Distribution:  Usually associated with granite.

  W.Aust.; N.T.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: probably at all times except summer.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: The striking bark and leaf-shape are diagnostic.

Author: Not yet available

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