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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Eucalyptus leucoxylon - White Ironbark

The white ironbark is a beautiful evergreen tree from Australia growing 30-90' in their native habitat and depending on the botanical variety. Most are upright with spreading branches with weeping smaller branches. According to some experts, the most popular variety has red or pink flowers. Ours seem to be of the white variety, Eucalyptus leucoxylon var. connata.





Leaves are evergreen, alternate, simple, lanceolate to slightly falcate, 4-6" long, pendulous with both surfaces the same.



Flowers off white though many images show red. All stamens. Flower buds with a long pointed cap, which you can see on the lowest flower. Inflorescence with 3 flowers.





Fruit is a small urn shaped capsule, with the valves hidden below the lip.



Bark is beautiful, retained near the base, but exfoliating above. Younger stems mottled.





Misidentification:
Any white flowered Euc, look at the fruit, 3 flowers per cluster and the bark on younger branches.

Location
Santa Cruz
Ocean St at the county court house, hasn't everyone been there?

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