Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus racemosa (Scribbly Gum)

Eucalyptus racemosa photo
Eucalyptus racemosa (synonymous with Eucalyptus signata)

Photograph by John Robert McPherson. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Eucalyptus racemosa photo
Eucalyptus racemosa flowers and leaves

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Eucalyptus racemosa photo
Northern Scribbly Gum, Eucalyptus signata. Royal National Park, NSW

Photograph by John Tann from Sydney. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus racemosa. 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 racemosa in Australia

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

Common Name
Scribbly Gum

Other Names
Northern Scribbly Gum

The Scribbly Gum is a tree to 15 m. Bark smooth throughout, white or yellow-white, with insect 'scribbles'. Juvenile leaves narrowly lanceolate. Adult leaves narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate, acuminate, oblique, thin; lamina 7-14 cm long, 1-1.5 cm wide, green; lateral veins just visible, at 15° -30° ; intramarginal vein 1-2 mm from margin; petiole flattened or channelled, 10-15 mm long. Umbels 7-15-flowered; peduncle angular, 7-12 mm long; pedicels 4-6 mm long. Operculum conical, 1-2 mm long, 2-3 mm wide; hypanthium obconical, 2-3 mm long and wide. Fruits hemispherical, subpyriform or subglobular, 4-5 mm long, 6-7 mm wide; disc brown, usually convex, sometimes level; valves 4, level or included. Seeds red-brown.

Found sometimes in pure stands, in dry sclerophyll forest.

Occurs in south east Queensland and in N.S.W. on ranges to the E of the Great Divide from the Hunter R. to near Jervis Bay and W to near Bathurst.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 10m - 15m
Spread: 10m - 15m

Common Name:Scribbly Gum

Relatives in same Genus
  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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