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LXIV. E. Baueriana Schauer.

FIGURED and described at p. 120, Plate 59, Part XIII, of this work. See also p. 149, Plate 215, Part LVII of my “Forest Flora of New South Wales.”


The following specimens from the Melbourne Herbarium have been lent to me by Professor Ewart. They were all labelled E. polyanthemos by Mueller and are very interesting on that account, since they help to interpret his own and Bentham's writings on that species. They usefully supplement the list of localities given at pages 122–3 of Part XIII of the present work.

Victoria (seen by Mueller).

Australia Felix (J. Dallachy, 1852).

“Beyond Mount Disappointment” with narrow- to broad-lanceolate leaves (Mueller); about Station Peak (Mueller; both early fifties).

Lake Wellington, Lake Tyers, Mitchell's River and Tambo. (Mueller.)

Upper Genoa River; Rhytiphloiæ (Mueller, September, 1860).

New South Wales (seen by Mueller).

1. “Poplar leaf Box,” Round leaf or Poplar Box. No attributes of “Gum” about it. Very ornamental. Hard to kill. Flowers most abundant. Rich in honey. Candelo, damp gullies and river banks near the sea.

2. Bark rugose, reticulately wrinkled, dull olive green or ash grey, smaller branches smooth, green. Barrel 20–40 feet. Diameter 18 inches—3 feet. Murrah River to Towamba, along the coast, and a path at Wolumla Camping Reserve. (Both 1 and 2, Tyrone White, 1885.)

“Round-leaved Box, Ulladulla (J. S. Allan, No. 8B). (The above are South Coast.)

“Bark slightly furrowed and grey. Spreading tree 40 feet high, stem 2 feet diameter. Liverpool (John Duff).

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The following were collected by Rev. Dr. Woolls, and the labels bear some of his remarks, which explain some of his writings:—

1. “Hemiphloiæ. Bastard Box. Very like the `true Box' in appearance (E. hemiphloia). May be E. populnea or E. (c) gneorifolia.” This specimen was labelled E. polyanthemos by both Mueller and Bentham. Fairfield. (E. populnea is a synonym of E. populifolia. See Part X, p. 340.)

2. “Poplar-leaved Gum. Rhytiphloiæ. Bark persistent. Small tree on the Nepean called Lignum Vitæ. Heart wood very hard. E. populnea? See Hooker.” Labelled E. polyanthema Schauer by Mueller, and Bentham concurred.

3. “E. populnea. On the banks of the Nepean. Bark like Stringybark, but not so fibrous. Sometimes called Bastard Box. I think this must be E. populnea. Wood very hard, used for rough furniture. Small tree called Lignum Vitæ.”

Following are specimens additional to those seen by Mueller or recorded by myself, op. cit.:—

Southern New South Wales.—“Small trees or large shrubs, leafy from the ground upwards. Locally known as Bastard Box.” Eden-Towamba (J. L. Boorman). “Blue Box,” near Cobargo (W. Dunn). Moruya (E. Breakwell).

“Exceedingly large trees, having large and round stems, of a Box-like scaly appearance. Yield a large amount of good, sound timber for use in fencing and such-like purposes. Has yielded most of the fencing on the Bodalla Estate. Fairly common. Nerrigundah (J. L. Boorman).

Cobbitty, near Camden, on the river Nepean banks (J.H.M.).

Northern New South Wales.—Enmore, 18 miles east of Uralla, head waters of the Macleay River. “On Silurian (?) slate formation, 3,300 feet above sea level. Greatest elevation known to me for this species.” (R. H. Cambage.)