Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus platyphylla (Poplar Gum)


Eucalyptus platyphylla photo
Eucalyptus platyphylla tree

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Eucalyptus platyphylla photo
Eucalyptus platyphylla foliage and flowers

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Eucalyptus platyphylla photo
Eucalyptus platyphylla bark

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



POPLAR GUM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Eucalyptus platyphylla in Australia

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


Common Name
Poplar Gum

Description
The Poplar Gum is a tree to 20 m, deciduous. Bark white, grey or tan, often powdery. Juvenile leaves alternate, broadly lanceolate to ovate, slightly discolorous. Adult leaves alternate, orbicular, cordate or rhomboid, rarely lanceolate, rounded or apiculate, thin, lamina 7-13 cm long, 5-9 cm wide, green, concolorous; lateral veins visible, at 45° -55° ; intramarginal vein up to 2 mm from margin; petiole angular or terete, 30-40 mm long. Umbels 3-7-flowered; peduncle quadrangular, 3-7 mm long; pedicels absent or to 3 mm long. Buds ovoid; operculum hemispherical, sometimes apiculate, 3-5 mm long, 5-6 mm wide; hypanthium hemispherical to obconical, 3-5 mm long, 5-6 mm wide. Fruits hemispherical to turbinate, several-ribbed, 5-6 mm long, 7-9 mm wide; disc moderately broad, level or convex; valves 3 or 4, exserted.

Habitat
Grows mostly within 100 km of the coast on fertile flats which may be moist for long periods, and on ridges, usually in clayey soils.

Distribution
Widespread in eastern Qld, primarily from near Cape York to near Rockhampton.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 8m - 12m
Spread: 5m - 8m



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Myrtales
Family:Myrtaceae
Genus:Eucalyptus
Species:platyphylla
Common Name:Poplar Gum


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  Eucalyptus acaciiformis
  Eucalyptus accedens
  Eucalyptus acies
  Eucalyptus albens
  Eucalyptus bancroftii
  Eucalyptus baxteri
  Eucalyptus caleyi
  Eucalyptus camaldulensis
  Eucalyptus camphora
  Eucalyptus cloeziana
  Eucalyptus crebra
  Eucalyptus crenulata
  Eucalyptus curtisii
  Eucalyptus dealbata
  Eucalyptus dumosa
  Eucalyptus eugenioides
  Eucalyptus forrestiana
  Eucalyptus goniocalyx
  Eucalyptus grandis
  Eucalyptus intertexta
  Eucalyptus largiflorens
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