Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus microcarpa (Grey Box)


Eucalyptus microcarpa photo
Eucalyptus microcarpa flowers

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Eucalyptus microcarpa photo
Eucalyptus microcarpa tree

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Eucalyptus microcarpa photo
Eucalyptus microcarpa trunk

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Credits:
Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus microcarpa. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. https://profiles.ala.org.au/opus/foa/profile/Eucalyptus%20microcarpa Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



GREY BOX FACTS

distribution map showing range of Eucalyptus microcarpa in Australia

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


Common Name
Grey Box

Description
Tree to 25 m. Bark rough, fibrous on trunk and larger branches, grey, tessellated, then smooth and white above. Juvenile leaves ovate, green. Adult leaves lanceolate, acuminate; lamina 8-15 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, green; lateral veins faint or clearly visible, at 20° -30° ; intramarginal vein up to 1 mm from margin; petiole terete, 10-15 mm long. Peduncle angular, 3-10 mm long; pedicels 1-5 mm long, occasionally absent. Buds fusiform; operculum conical, 2-3 mm long, 2-4 mm wide; hypanthium obconical, 3-4 mm long, 2-4 mm wide. Fruits ovoid to cylindrical, not ribbed, 3-7 mm long, 3-5 mm wide.

Habitat
Grows in alluvial and clay soil on plains and gentle slopes in woodland.

Distribution
Occurs from south-eastern Qld through central N.S.W. to northern Vic.; and in the southern Flinders Ra. and Mt Lofty Ra., S.A.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 6 - 20
Spread (m): 8 - 20
Soil Texture: loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: cream
Flower Season: summer, winter

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Myrtales
Family:Myrtaceae
Genus:Eucalyptus
Species:microcarpa
Common Name:Grey Box


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  Eucalyptus accedens
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  Eucalyptus dumosa
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  Eucalyptus forrestiana
  Eucalyptus goniocalyx
  Eucalyptus grandis
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