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Black ironbox – Eucalyptus raveretiana

Common name

black ironbox

Scientific name

Eucalyptus raveretiana

Kingdom

plants

Class

Rosopsida (higher dicots)

Family

Myrtaceae (Myrtaceae)

NCA status

Least concern

EPBC status

Vulnerable

Wetland indicator

Endemicity

Unknown endemicity - native

Habitat

Eucalyptus raveretiana grows along watercourses and occasionally on river flats. It occurs in open forest or woodland communities. The species prefers sites with moderately fertile soil and adequate sub-soil moisture. The alluvial soils in which it grows are sands, loams, light clays or cracking clays. (Halford 1997)

Description

Eucalyptus raveretiana is a small to medium-sized tree growing to 30m tall. The pith (spongy inner contents) of the branchlets is glandular. The rough bark is thick, longitudinally fissured and coloured grey over brown and sometimes extends onto the base of the larger branches and most branches are a smooth blue or grey colour. The juvenile leaves are ovate in shape and measure up to 10cm long by 3cm wide, opposite for a few pairs and then alternating. The adult leaves are lance-shaped to ovate, 8-15cm long by 1-3cm wide and arranged alternately. The upper leaf surface is dull, dark bluish green, with the underside much paler.
The white flowers are grouped into multi-branched clusters at the end of the branchlets. Mature flower buds are 3-4mm long by 1-2mm wide and have a cone-shaped cap. The seed capsules are hemispherical, about 2mm long by 2mm in diameter and have 3-4 exserted valves, extending well above the body of the capsule. The seeds are ellipse-shaped, brown and smooth to very shallowly reticulate. (Brooker & Kleinig 1994; Halford 1997; DEWHA 2008)

Reproduction

Eucalyptus raveretiana has been recorded in flower from December to March. (Halford 1997)

Predators

(no information available)

Parasites/pathogens

(no information available)

Threatening Processes

(no information available)

Human uses

(no information available)

References

Brooker, M.I.H. & Kleinig, D.A. (1994). Field guide to Eucalypts: Volume 3, Northern Australia. Inkata Press, Sydney.
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2008). Eucalyptus raveretiana in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra. Accessed 24/09/2008. http://www.environment.gov.au/sprat
Halford, D. (1997). Eucalyptus raveretiana, in Species Management Manual. Department of Natural Resources, Brisbane.
Herbrecs (2008). Eucalyptus raveretiana, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 24/09/2008.

Notes

Contributors: Jan A. Abbotts 23/01/2002; Tony Bean, Mellisa Mayhew 27/01/2009

Further resources


This page should be cited as:

Black ironbox – Eucalyptus raveretiana, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 20 October 2018, <https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/ecology/components/species/?eucalyptus-raveretiana>.

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