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Botanical description

— Species, Eucalyptus melliodora, A. Cunn.

Following is the original description:

A. Cunn Herb. No. 57. — Schauer Mss. — Arborea glaucescens: ramulis pendulis teretib.; foll. coriaceis anguste lanceolatis subfalcatis in petioluin attenuatis acuminatis, rnargine incrassatis impunctatis concolorib. opacis; pedunculis axillarib; 3–5 floris petiolo duplo breviorib., pedicellisq. compressis, his cupula paullo longiorib:operculo coriacco subhemisphærico vix apiculato cupula obconica triente breviori. Foliorum lamina 2 1/2–3 pollices longa, 6 lin. circiter lata, pedunculus 3 lin. metiens, operculum 1 lineam altum cupulæ concolor flavescenti-virens. Flores mel redolentes — In Novæ Cambriæ australis plalgis interioribus occidentem versus frequens. (Schauer in Walper's Report. ii, 924)

This description was published in 1843, and Allan Cunningham died in 1839.

Following is the description by Bentham, taken from his Flora Australiensis:—

A moderate-sized tree of irregular growth, with a smooth bark of a pale lead colour (A. Cunningham), scaling off in flakes in the upper part of the tree (C. Moore), furrowed and persistent (F. Mueller).

Leaves. — Lanceolate, usually narrow, acuminate and often falcate, mostly 3 to 1 inches long, rather thick, with very fine and rather numerous but oblique veins, the intramarginal one at a distance from the edge.

Peduncles. — Axillary or lateral, somewhat angular but not thick, usually short, each with an umbel of 4 to 8 rather small flowers on pedicels of one to two lines.

Calyx-tube. — Campanulate, about 2 lines long and diameter.

Operculum. — Hemispherical or shortly conical, with a small point, -varying from a little shorter to rather longer than the calyx-tube.

Stamens. — About 2 lines long, the outer ones rather longer and anantherous, anthers of the others small, with contiguous cells opening in terminal pores, sometimes at length confluent.

Ovary. — Short, flat-topped ; stigma dilated.

Capsule. — Sub-globose, truncate, not contracted at the orifice, or rarely ovoid and somewhat contracted; the rim rather broad, flat or nearly so, the capsule more or less depressed, but the valves somewhat prominent when open. (B.Fl. iii, 210.)

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