Eucalyptus shirleyi

Eucalyptus shirleyi

tree trunk

(Shirley’s silver-leafed ironbark)

FAMILY

Myrtaceae

Species

Eucalyptus shirleyi

Common name

Shirley’s silver-leafed ironbark

Flower colour; life form

Flowers white; tree

Campus

Townsville

Description

This tree to 15 m tall usually grows on skeletal soil and often appears gnarled. The bark is grey and deeply furrowed. Leaves are opposite or almost, blue-green in colour 5-9 cm long x 2.5-8 cm wide, the base tends to clasp the stem unlike the similar species E. melanophloia where they rarely appear to clasp the stem. Flowers are white in groups of 7. The fruiting capsule is glaucous due to wax, usually at least some in the cluster have a rib on the side 7-12 mm long, 6-10 mm wide and the valves are included.

Additional images

fruit closeup