Australian Native Plants

  Eucalyptus melanophloia (Silver-leaved Ironbark)

Eucalyptus melanophloia photo
Eucalyptus melanophloia tree

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Eucalyptus melanophloia photo
Foliage and flower buds of "Eucalyptus melanophloia

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Eucalyptus melanophloia photo
the bark of the Eucalyptus melanophloia

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Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus melanophloia. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. 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.


distribution map showing range of Eucalyptus melanophloia in Australia

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

Common Name
Silver-leaved Ironbark

The Silver-leaved Ironbark is a tree to 25 m. Bark rough throughout, dark grey to black, deeply furrowed. Juvenile leaves opposite, ovate to orbicular, often cordate, glaucous, concolorous. Adult leaves opposite, ovate to broadly lanceolate, apiculate; lamina 5-9 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, glaucous; lateral veins faint, at 40° -55° ; intramarginal vein up to 2 mm from margin; petiole very short or absent. Conflorescence terminal, sometimes axillary, paniculate; umbels 7-flowered; peduncle terete or quadrangular, 4-16 mm long; pedicels 1-7 mm long. Buds fusiform, glaucous; operculum conical, 3-4 mm long, 3-5 mm wide; hypanthium obconical, 4-6 mm long, 3-5 mm wide. Fruits hemispherical, ovoid or urceolate, 3-8 mm long and wide, glaucous; disc broad, steeply descending; valves 3 or 4, level or slightly exserted.

Grows in a wide range of soils on plains and tablelands in woodland and open woodland.

Occurs widely in eastern Qld south of Cape York Peninsula and in northern N.S.W. as far S as Narromine.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 8 - 15
Spread (m): 7 - 9
Soil Texture: loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 350
Flower Colour: white
Flower Season: spring, summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Common Name:Silver-leaved Ironbark

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