Eucalyptus melliodora

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Eucalyptus melliodora
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Eucalyptus melliodora

Order : Myrtle-like (Myrtales)
Family : Myrtle family (Myrtaceae)
Subfamily : Myrtoideae
Tribe : Eucalypteae
Genre : Eucalyptus ( eucalyptus )
Type : Eucalyptus melliodora
Scientific name
Eucalyptus melliodora
A. Cunn. ex showers

Eucalyptus melliodora is a species ofthe myrtle family (Myrtaceae). It occurs in the southeast of Queensland , in the east and in the center of New South Wales , as well as in the north, east and south of Victoria and is there "Yellow Box", "Yellow Ironbox", "Yellow Jacket", "Honey Box", Called "Honey-scented Gum" or "Dargan".


Foliage leaves
Inflorescence in front of deciduous leaves

Appearance and leaf

Eucalyptus melliodora grows as a tree that reaches heights of up to 30 meters. The bark remains on the lower part of the trunk or on the entire trunk and the larger branches, is gray, pale brown or yellow-brown with white spots and fibrous-lumpy. On the upper parts of the tree it is gray, gray-brown or yellow and peels in short ribbons. The small twigs have a green bark. There are no oil glands in the marrow of the young branches or in the bark.

In Eucalyptus melliodora , heterophyllia is present. The leaves are always divided into a petiole and a leaf blade. The leaf stalks are 10 to 15 mm long. The leaf blade on young specimens is elliptical and dull green or gray-green. In medium-old specimens, the leaf blade is about 11 cm long and about 5 cm wide, elliptical, straight, with entire margins and dull green or gray-green. The leaf blades of the same color on the upper and lower sides of the adult specimens are dull green or gray-green and are 6 to 14 cm long and 0.8 to 1.8 cm wide, narrow-lanceolate or lanceolate, curved sickle-shaped, tapering towards the Spread base and have a pointed upper end. The side nerves, which are barely recognizable, extend from the median nerve at large intervals at an acute angle. The cotyledons ( cotyledons ) are upside-kidney-shaped.

Inflorescence and flower

On the side of a pedicel-round, narrowly flattened or angular inflorescence stem with a length of 3 to 11 mm and a diameter of up to 3 mm in cross section, there are about seven flowers together in a simple inflorescence . The 2 to 9 mm long pedicels are stalk-round. The not blue-green floured or frosted flower buds are club-shaped or egg-shaped with a length of 5 to 8 mm and a diameter of 3 to 4 mm. The sepals form a calyptra that remains in place during the opening of the flower ( anthesis ). The smooth calyptra is conical and sometimes also beak-shaped, as long as or shorter than the smooth or ribbed flower cup (hypanthium) and as wide as or narrower than this. The outer stamens are sterile. The flowers are white or creamy white.


The stalked fruit is spherical, hemispherical or egg-shaped and five-fan with a length and a diameter of 4 to 7 mm each. The disc is indented, the fruit compartments are included.



The natural range of Eucalyptus melliodora is the Great Dividing Range in southeast Queensland , east and central New South Wales , and north, east and south of Victoria .

Eucalyptus melliodora grows widespread and locally often in grassy, ​​sparse forests on moderately fertile soils , often on sandy soils or in valleys of watercourses.


The first description of Eucalyptus Melliodora was carried out in 1843 by John Konrad Schauer in repertory Botanices Systematicae , Volume 2 (5), p 924. The type material , the label " In Novae Cambriae australis plagis interioribus occidentum versus frequens on". The specific epithet melliodora is composed of the Latin words “mel” for honey and “odor” for smell.

Synonyms of Eucalyptus melliodora A.Cunn. ex showers are Eucalyptus caerulescens Naudin, Eucalyptus forsythii Maiden, Eucalyptus patentiflora Miq., Eucalyptus melliodora A.Cunn. ex Schauer var. melliodora , Eucalyptus melliodora var. brachycarpa Blakely and Eucalyptus melliodora var. elliptocarpa Blakely, Eucalyptus argentea Cordier ex Blakely nom. illegal.

Eucalyptus melliodora forms natural hybrids with Eucalyptus albens , Eucalyptus caleyi subsp. caleyi , Eucalyptus crebra and Eucalyptus sideroxylon . In the "Australian Plant Name Index" a hybrid is mentioned as a variety: Eucalyptus melliodora var. × murrurundi Blakely.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Specimen search results: Eucalyptus melliodora at Australia's Virtual Herbarium. Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria . Retrieved March 21, 2013
  2. a b c d e f APNI = Australian Plant Name Index . Center for Plant Biodiversity Research. Australian Government. Retrieved March 21, 2013
  3. a b c d e f g h K. Hill: Eucalyptus melliodora A. Cunn. ex Schauer at New South Wales Flora Online . National Herbarium of NSW, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Retrieved March 21, 2013
  4. Eucalyptus melliodora at Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, accessed March 21, 2013.
  5. Rafaël Govaerts (Ed.): Eucalyptus melliodora. In: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (WCSP) - The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew . Retrieved March 21, 2013.

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