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Range.

The B.Fl., iii, 221, localities for E. drepanophylla will be found referred to at Part X, p. 333. So far as I know, E. drepanophylla is confined to Queensland, and its recorded localities are from the coast and coastal ranges from Maryborough to Cairns, but it may be confidently predicted it will be found north, south and west of the places indicated. The following specimens belong, in my view, to E. drepanophylla. Nos. 1–3 are from the Port Denison district, and are probably all typical:—

1. “Ironbark, the flowers white and sweet-scented; this is a very low (high—a correction by Dallachy) stunted tree in this country. Edgecombe, 15th August, 1863. No fruit.” (Copy of Dallachy's label endorsed by Mueller “Eucalyptus drepanophylla Ferd. Mueller.” This specimen has a second “Botanical Museum of Melbourne” label, in Mueller's handwriting, “Eucalyptus drepanophylla F.M., Port Denison,” and this was seen by Bentham. It is undoubtedly the type.

2. Port Denison (Fitzalan). Specimen marked “Eucalyptus drepanophylla” by Mueller. Buds and anthers of this were figured as E. leptophleba, Pl. 48, fig. 4. (Mueller has a note:—“The tree from Port Denison, alluded to under E. Bowmani by Bentham in B.Fl., iii, 220, belongs to E. drepanophylla.” (Eucalyptogrophia, under E. Baileyana.)

3. “Eucalyptus drepanophylla Ferd. Mueller. Burdekin Expedition. Euc. crebra var.” (Copy of a label in Mueller's handwriting, seen by Bentham.)

Mount Elliott (south-west of Bowling Green Bay) in flower only (Fitzalan); (E. drepanophylla, so labelled by Mueller). This locality is a little north of Bowen.

Ironbark, Charters Towers (H. B. Walker, 1903). These specimens, in mature leaf, buds and flowers, with a piece of bark, appear to be E. drepanophylla. This locality is only a few miles inland from Bowen, home of the type.

Cleveland Bay (Townsville), in bud, pale-coloured operculum (S. (?)' (Stephen Johnson, 1876); (labelled E. drepanophylla by Mueller). “Narrow-leaved Ironbark,” Reid River, via Townsville. (Nicholas Daley and G. R. Skelton, through Dr. J. Shirley.)

Near Atherton, back of Cairns (District Forester H. W. Mocatta).

Stannary Hills, near Irvinebank (Dr. T. L. Bancroft, 17th March, 1901, and later dates. In June, 1909, Dr. Bancroft writes: “With rough bark, up to 100 feet high and 2 feet in diameter; timber red.” He informs me that the late Mr. F. M. Bailey named it E. crebra. This is the most northerly locality known to me.

Now let us go south from Bowen, the type locality, and we have:—

“North Coast,” R.Br., 1802–5, not in fruit, pale-coloured operculum; (probably either Keppel Bay or Shoalwater Bay, as quoted in B.Fl., iii, 221, under E. drepanophylla).




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Mullet Creek, between Bundaberg and Gladstone, North Coast Railway (Chief Engineer for Railways, through C. T. White).

The common Ironbark of the district, medium to large-sized trees, 30–60 feet high, fairly plentiful. Mount Perry (J. L. Boorman).

Parish Boondooma, Burnett district (S. J. Higgins, through C. T. White, No. 11). “Narrow-leaf Ironbark.” “A form of E. crebra, with Weeping Willow habit. A really pretty tree; I have often wondered if it is a hybrid.” Eidsvold, Upper Burnett River (Dr. T. L. Bancroft.) These specimens, varying somewhat in width and texture of leaf, show how difficult it is to separate E. crebra and E. drepanophylla. Both of these localities are a little west of Maryborough, and form our most southerly records at present.

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