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Xanthostemon eucalyptoides F.Muell.

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Mueller, F.J.H. von (1858) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 1: 81. Type: Ad ripas aridiores prope montes Macadam Range et juxta flumen Fitzmaurice.


Cream or pale, brittle stripes usually visible in the outer blaze.


Leaf blades amplexicaul, about 5-12 x 3-7 cm. Lateral veins curving but not forming definite loops inside the margin.


Calyx tube (hypanthium) pubescent, about 1.5 x 4 mm, lobes linear, pubescent, about 2-3.5 mm long. Petals pubescent, difficult to distinguish from the sepals. Staminal filaments cream to pale green, up to 8-10 mm long, each inserted in an orifice in the base of the anther, anthers about 0.6-0.8 mm long. Ovary glabrous, about 2 mm diam., surrounded by and half enveloped in the calyx tube (hypanthium). Placentas apical, ovules +/- pendulous. Style cream or pale green, about 10-12 mm long. Stigma small and inconspicuous.


Fruits +/- globular, about 5-6 mm diam., calyx persistent at the base.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia, occurs in WA and NT. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 300 m. Usually grows near creeks or on the margins of swamps which are in rain forest or gallery forest.

Metrosideros eucalyptoides (F.Muell.) F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 1: 243(1858). Nania eucalyptoides (F.Muell.) Kuntze, Revisio Generum Plantarum 1: 242(1891).
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