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Affinities.

Its closest relations are with two species—E. populifolia Hook., and E. bicolor A. Cunn. Both are indicated by the labels of both Bentham and Mueller.

1. With E. populifolia Hook.

To the typical form of E. populifolia the resemblance is not close, but there is a narrow-leaved form of the species to which the resemblance is closer. The differences lie in the bark, which is less flaky in populifolia, in the more conical fruits of E. Brownii, and particularly in regard to the position of the intramarginal vein, which is much more removed from the leaf edge in E. Brownii.

2. With E. bicolor A. Cunn.

The differences appear to be the duller colour of the foliage of E. bicolor, that of the new species being a vivid green, its less spreading venation and less conoid fruits. E. Brownii has not the weeping habit of E. bicolor.

There is a specimen in the Melbourne Herbarium labelled “near Mount Elliott, Queensland, Fitzalan and Dallachy,” which appears to be E. Brownii. The late J. G. Luehmann has a note “Placed by Bentham with E. largiflorens (bicolor), seemingly with injustice. F. v. Mueller.”

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