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Transcript
Paddock Plants
Modified 11 October 2010
COMMON NAME
BLAKELY’S RED GUM
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Eucalyptus blakelyi
FAMILY
MYRTACEAE
CATEGORY
NATIVE TREE
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE:
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Tree growing 10–24 m with leaves equally
dull green or grey-green on both sides
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Bark mostly smooth, pale, shedding in flakes
with grey, creamy-yellow and pink mottles
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Buds in clusters of 5–11; caps elongated and
conical; flowers white, very rarely pink,
occurring from August to December
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Seed capsules 5–8 mm across with
protruding valves or teeth
WHERE IT GROWS & WHY:
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Found from river plains to granite hillsides,
but mainly on wetter or lower slopes
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Favours moderately fertile soils on gently
undulating sedimentary terrain
MANAGEMENT/SIGNIFICANCE:
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Prone to leaf damage by psyllids or ‘lerps’
particularly when understorey shrubs and
leaf-gleaning birds are absent
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Valuable wildlife habitat, especially for small
birds such as pardalotes and thornbills which
feed on leaf ‘lerps’; useful honey tree
•
Useful for gully erosion control behind more
fibrous-rooted understorey plants
SIMILAR PLANTS:
•
River Red Gum (E. camaldulensis) has
pinched points on bud caps and grows close
to permanent watercourses
•
Tumbledown Red Gum (E. dealbata) and
Dwyer’s Mallee Gum (E. dwyeri) tend to be
smaller, more poorly-formed trees, growing
on harsher sites, higher in the landscape
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Tree habit, flower buds
(note conical points),
seed capsules, bark:
L McMahon
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