Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus pilularis (Blackbutt)

Eucalyptus pilularis photo
Eucalyptus pilularis leaves

Photograph by Auckland Museum. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Eucalyptus pilularis photo
Blackbutt at Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve, St Ives, NSW

Photograph by Poyt448 Peter Woodard. License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus pilularis. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Eucalyptus pilularis in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

Common Name

Tree to 70 m. Bark fibrous, grey-brown on most of trunk, then smooth, white or yellow-grey above, often with insect 'scribbles'. Adult leaves lanceolate; lamina 9-16 cm long, 1.6-3 cm wide; lateral veins clearly visible, at 30° -45° ; intramarginal vein up to 2 mm from margin; petiole flattened or channelled, 10-20 mm long. Umbels 7-15-flowered; peduncle flattened, 10-17 mm long; pedicels angular, 3-6 mm long. Operculum conical or rostrate, 4-5 mm long, 3-5 mm wide; hypanthium obconical, 3-4 mm long, 3-5 mm wide. Fruits hemispherical or subglobular, 6-11 mm long, 7-11 mm wide.

Grows on gentle slopes, mainly in loam or sandy loam in tall open forest.

Occurs from near Bundaberg, Qld., including coastal islands, southwards to about Bega, N.S.W.

Common Name:Blackbutt

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  Eucalyptus acaciiformis
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  Eucalyptus goniocalyx
  Eucalyptus grandis
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