E polyanthemos Red Box
Bark is often rough at base but smooth on upper branches. Flowers in September October, buds 3-7 on umbels. Broad adult leaves, waxy often bluish. Juvenile leaves very similar.
E melliodora Yellow Box
Bark rough at base upper branches smooth white or grey Flowers December January buds 7 on umbels but some soon lost. Adult leaves lance shaped. Juvenile leaves similar but broader.
E blakelyi Blakely’s Red Gum
Bark smooth with large blotches often reddish brown. Flowers November December buds 4-12 at leaf base, buds have very long caps. Adult leaves long
(15 cm) thick and “leathery”. Juvenile leaves often waxy and more rounded.
E rubida Candlebark
Bark often rough near base smooth on branches with long “candles” hanging down. Flowers November December
3 buds/umbel. Adult leaves elongated, slightly waxy. Juvenile leaves very waxy, rounded, with no leaf stalk.
E pauciflora Snow Gum
Smooth bark, white or grey, often surface scribbles. Flowers October, 2- 15 buds per umbel. Adult leaves thick with parallel veins. Juvenile leaves waxy, rounded, set alternate on stem.
E rossii Scribbly Gum
Smooth bark white or grey often scribbled. Flowers December January 5-12 buds/umbel at end of branchlets. Branches with pressure ridges at base. Adult leaves with veins fanning from mid vein. Juvenile leaves similar.
E mannifera Red Spotted Gum
Bark smooth,white to grey often spotted.Flowers February to March, regular 7 buds per umbel. Adult leaves lance like, not waxy. Juvenile leaves wirh short leaf stem.
These images of buds, nuts and leaf shape are taken from the pamphlet “A guide to eucalypts in the ACT” the concept of Peter Ormay.
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