Eucalyptus parvula (syn. E. parvifolia). SMALL-LEAVED GUM. New South Wales

MYRTACEAE (Myrtle family)

Distinctive features of this tree are attractive, opposite, bluish juvenile leaves not much more than an inch long and inch wide. This juvenile foliage is persistent, but the mature leaves, when they come, though longer (about 2 ½ inches), are even narrower. Consequently, this tree is recognizable instantly. The bark is smooth leaden-gray and peels in long strips. Untended specimen are just east on the Recycling Center on Serra St., below the two Angophoras and above the drain, and at 3185 Alpine Road. The latter tree (growing on the site of the author’s radio astronomy research mapping temperatures of the Sun and studying extragalactic nebulae) developed enormously long and heavy branches descending to ground level, once referred to in a Stanford publication as resembling a wave rolling over the parking lot. In its native habitat it endures frost every night in winter and is one of the eucalypts that doesn’t mind living in Britain, though this may be due to ability to survive lack of sunshine as much as to frost tolerance.

Identifying the tree on Serra St., Matt Ritter wrote:

After seeing the pictures of the buds I was able to identify the tree. Here are the traits that are important for its identification:

small tree of mallee
sessile buds and fruit
operculum scar present
conical operculum
small fruit (0.5 cm)
fruit disc and valves sunken inside hypanthium
leaf oil glands mostly isolated from the veinlets

It is E. parvula L.A.S. Johnson & K.D. Hill (syn. E. parvifolia Cambage)

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Illustrations (links open new windows): illus. 1 | illus. 2 |


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Related material: Eucalyptus checklist

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