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CXXIII. E. miniata A. Cunn.

SEE Part XXII, p. 37, of the present work, where juvenile leaves collected by Mr. R. H. Cambage at Croydon, North Queensland, were described but not figured.

Juvenile leaves collected by Gerald F. Hill at Stapleton, south of Darwin, Northern Territory, are now figured. Following are some additional notes in regard to specimens collected by Mr. Hill:—

“809. 8-mile Spring, on to Tanumbirini, 26th March, 1912. Occurs near creeks and springs. Stem like Bloodwood.

“552. Top Spring. On Sandstone Range. This specimen, with one loose flower only, is probably this species.

“Pine Creek Railway, Brock's Creek (E. J. Dunn).

“ `Woolly Butt.' `I find that E. miniata grows on the deeper loams, while E. phœnicea takes its place on the more barren dry parts.' On granite country between Cullen River and Wandi. (Dr. Jensen.)

“Juvenile leaves of this species collected by Mr. R. H. Cambage at Croydon, North Queensland, with abundant stellate hairs, have been already described in Crit. Rev. Eucal. iii, 37.

“I have already figured juvenile leaves of this species at fig. 3a, Plate 95 of my Critical Revision, but Mr. Hill's specimens (below) are more satisfactory.

“I have received juvenile leaves, some in a strictly opposed state, from Darwin, collected in July, 1916. (G. F. Hill.) They vary from oval and ovate to nearly circular.

“Sometimes they are slightly emarginate, with a not very prominent mucro. A not uncommon size is 9 cm. (about 3¾ inches) long by up to 7·5 cm. (3 inches), with a petiole 1 cm. long.

“As a general rule the intramarginal vein is not far removed from the edge, but there is some variation in this respect.” (Maiden in Ewart and Davies' “Flora of the Northern Territory,” p. 312, 1917.)

E. miniata was observed at various points between Almaden and Normanton on siliceous soils, and is usually known as Woollybutt, although that name is also given to E. clavigera. It is sometimes spoken of as “Tobacco Pipe Gum,” from the resemblance of the large ribbed fruits to the bowl of a pipe, and is the “Melaleuca Gum” of Leichhardt. The lower portion of the trunk is covered with a remarkable yellow, scaly to papery bark, and the branches are smooth (Plate LIX, C.R.).” (R. H. Cambage in Journ. Roy. Soc. N.S.W., xlix, 425, 1915.)

“A tree of 50–100 feet high, trunk to 40 feet, diameter to 3 feet; bark greyish to reddish, woolly-fibrous, rough and persistent on the lower half of the trunk sometimes covering the whole of it; limbs always white and smooth; timber red, very rough, hard; flowers at a height of 2 feet; an inhabitant of poor sandy soil.” (Fitzgerald MSS.) The above notes refer to the tree as it occurs in north West Australia. (Quoted by Maiden in Journ. Roy. Soc. N.S.W., li, 454, 1917.)

E. miniata is very abundant between the Gilbert and Little Rivers towards Croydon, North Queensland.” (Dr. H. I. Jensen, in a letter to me, June, 1920.)