Myrtaceae (myrtle family) Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus resinifera red mahogany

New South Wales, Queensland
Eucalyptus resinifera fruit with valves exserted but not yet open. John Rawlings

A tall, single-trunked tree with rough, reddish, stringy bark that extends over the branches and has dense, red wood that reminded early Australian colonists of Jamaican mahogany. The leaves are broad, glossy green on top and paler green below. A row of eight neat trees planted about 1950 is to be found on Campus Drive near Maples Pavilion in front of the Sports Cafe. There is at least one E. nicholii, also with persistent, rough bark, among the red mahogany.

E. resinifera along with E. pellita are in series Annulares – the bark is fibrous throughout; the adult leaves are alternate, green, and discolorous; and the valves number 3–4 and are exserted.

Eucalyptus resinifera buds and fruit. From: Australia Forestry and Timber Bureau, Illustrations of the buds and fruits of eucalyptus species, 4th ed., 1962
Eucalyptus resinifera voucher. Courtesy of Prof. Matt Ritter and Robert F. Hoover Herbarium, Cal Poly State University

Related material: Eucalyptus 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 added the mention of E. nicholii and note on series Annulares.