Habitat & Distribution
Eucalyptus amplifolia, known as the Cabbage Gum is a common eucalyptus tree of the coastal areas and tablelands of New South Wales and adjacent areas in south eastern Queensland. Occurring as far south as Bega.
Growing to 30 metres tall in forest situations, shorter in woodland areas. Often found by streams on in lower moister sites, in grassy woodlands, in the deeper loamy type soils.
Juvenile leaves round in shape, and a dull green colour. Adult leaves lanceolate in shape, 9 to 20 cm long, 1.5 to 4.5 cm wide. A dull green on both sides of the leaf. The gumnuts are small, 4 to 6 mm long, 5 to 8 mm in diameter with several exserted valves (sharp wooden points emerging out of the top of the gumnut). The bark strips off the entire trunk in patches. Leaving a mixed surface of grey, white and bluish/grey bark. Smooth or mottled in patches.
There is a different variety of the Cabbage Gum in northern New South Wales, occurring near the Tenterfield, Armidale, Casino districts. Sub species sessiliflora has no stalk or almost no stalk on the flowers and gumnuts. Sub species amplifolia has stalked gumnuts and flowers.
- "Eucalyptus amplifolia". PlantNET - NSW Flora Online. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
- A Field Guide to Eucalypts - Brooker & Kleinig volume 1, ISBN 0-909605-62-9 page 162
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