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Eucalyptus camfieldii

Text below taken from DECC website

 

Camfield's Stringybark - profile

 

Scientific name: Eucalyptus camfieldii

Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable

National conservation status: Vulnerable

Description

 

Mostly mallee to 4 m tall though can grow to a straggly tree to 9 m high. Bark is rough, fibrous and stringy, red or dark grey-brown. Juvenile leaves round to heart shaped and roughly hairy. Adult leaves broadly lance-shaped, to 10 x 3 cm, glossy green. Flowers creamy-white. Buds egg-shaped, stalkless, to 8 mm long in clusters of 11 or more; bud caps conical. Fruit flattened, globe-shaped, to 9 mm across, with valves enclosed or with tips protruding.

Location and habitat

 

Distribution

Restricted distribution in a narrow band with the most northerly records in the the Raymond Terrace Area south to Waterfall. Localised and scattered distribution includes sites at Norah Head (Tuggerah Lakes), Peats Ridge, Mt Colah, Elvina Bay Trail (West Head), Terrey Hills, Killara, North Head, Menai, Wattamolla and a few other sites in Royal National Park.

Habitat and ecology

 

* Poor coastal country in shallow sandy soils overlying Hawkesbury sandstone. Coastal heath mostly on exposed sandy ridges.

* Occurs mostly in small scattered stands near the boundary of tall coastal heaths and low open woodland of the slightly more fertile inland areas.

* Associated species frequently include stunted species of E. oblonga Narrow-leaved Stringybark, E. capitellata Brown Stringybark and E. haemastoma Scribbly Gum.

* Population sizes are difficult to estimate because its extensive lignotubers may be 20 m across. A number of stems arise from these lignotubers giving the impression of individual plants.

* Flowering period is irregular, flowers recorded throughout the year.

* Poor response to too frequent fires.

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Taken on July 8, 2009