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Queensland western white gum – Eucalyptus argophloia

Common name

Queensland western white gum

Scientific name

Eucalyptus argophloia

Kingdom

plants

Class

Rosopsida (higher dicots)

Family

Myrtaceae (Myrtaceae)

NCA status

Vulnerable

EPBC status

Vulnerable

Wetland indicator

Endemicity

Unknown endemicity - native

Habitat

Eucalyptus argophloia occurs on flat to undulating country at 300-340m above sea level. It prefers deep, dark, heavy clay soils, often with strong gilgai (melon hole) development. It has been recorded growing in brigalow woodland and forest communities associated with belah, poplar box and inland grey box. (Halford 1997)

Description

Eucalyptus argophloia is a medium to tall tree growing to 40m. The trunk is free of branches for one-half or more of the total tree height. The smooth bark is shed in strips and has a mottled appearance with patches of yellow, pinkish grey, reddish grey, bluish grey and white. The juvenile leaves are linear to narrowly lance-shaped, up to 9cm long by 1.4cm wide, greyish-green in colour and arranged at first in opposite pairs then alternating along the branch. The dull, green, adult leaves are lance-shaped and measure up to 13cm long by 1.3cm wide. A prominent feature of the leaves is the intramarginal vein being remote from the leaf edge.
The white flowers are grouped in clusters of seven on a stalk measuring up to 1.2cm long that grows from where the leaf joins with a branchlet. Mature flower buds are egg-shaped or spherical, and are up to 4mm long with a rounded cap. The seed capsules are hemispherical to cup-shaped and are 2.5-5mm long by 4-7mm diameter with 4-6 valves opening at rim level or slightly exserted. (Brooker & Kleining 1994; Halford 1997; DEWHA 2008)

Reproduction

Eucalyptus argophloia flowers have been recorded from April to August. (Halford 1997)

Predators

(no information available)

Parasites/pathogens

(no information available)

Threatening Processes

(no information available)

Human uses

(no information available)

References

Brooker, M.I.H. & Kleinig, D.A. (1994). Field guide to Eucalypts: Volume 3, Northern Australia. Inkata Press, Sydney.
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2008). Eucalyptus argophloia in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra. Accessed 24/09/2008. http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/sprat.pl
Halford, D. (1997), Eucalyptus argophloia, in Species Management Manual. Department of Natural Resources, Brisbane.
Herbrecs (2008). Eucalyptus argophloia, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 24/09/2008.

Notes

Contributors: Jan A. Abbotts 21/01/2002; Tony Bean, Mellisa Mayhew 16/02/2009

Further resources


This page should be cited as:

Queensland western white gum – Eucalyptus argophloia, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 18 November 2018, <https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/ecology/components/species/?eucalyptus-argophloia>.

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