Eucalyptus bridgesiana
apple box

Myrtaceae (myrtle family)
Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland
Eucalyptus bridgesiana in the Arboretum. Matt Ritter, May 2006

Resemblance of the gray furrowed bark to that of the apple tree gives this tree its name. However, it is a tall forest tree rising with a straight bole to the lofty branches, which are also rough-barked out to the branchlets.

There is a single tree east of the Mausoleum about 12 yards into the arboretum on a diagonal from the intersection of Arboretum and Palm Drive, and several others are near the northwest intersection of Arboretum and Lasuen.

Eucalyptus bridgesiana fruit and flower buds. John Rawlings

The buds/flowers are in an umbel of sevens with protruding valves in fruit as shown in the illustration. When found on the ground one or more capsules are usually missing. The leaves, the same green color on both sides, are narrow (1.5–2.5 cm wide), to 20+ cm long, narrowing to a pointed tip.

This species is placed in the seemingly heterogeneous Series Viminales, Fl. Australia, 19:344 (1988), including other campus eucalypts E. viminalis, the type, E. globulus, E. macarthurii, E. gunnii, E. cinera, and E. pulverulenta.

Illustrations: Eucalyptus bridgesiana gallery.

Related material: Eucalypus Checklist.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings subsequently extended the notes on leaves and fruit. There is mention of a remaining specimen in the Stanford Eucalypt Report that needs to be investigated and folded into this entry.