Botanical description.

— Species, rostrata Schlechtendal in Linnæa xx, 655 (1847).

A tall tree with a greyish-white bark, smooth and separating in thin layers (F. Mueller, and others), rarely persistent and rough? (F. Mueller.)

Leaves lanceolate, mostly falcate and acuminate, 3 to 6 inches long or even more, the lower ones sometimes ovate or ovate-lanceolate and straight, not thick, the veins rather regular, numerous and oblique, the intramarginal one not close to the edge, or in some desert specimens thick with the veins much less conspicuous.

Penduncles rather short, terete or scarcely compressed, bearing each about four to eight flowers on rather long pedicels.

Calyx-tube hemispherical, 2 to 2 1/2 lines diameter.

Operculum more hemispherical than in E. viminalis and about as long as or shorter than the calyx without the point or beak, which is almost always prominent and sometimes rather long, or very rarely the whole operculum is elongated and obtuse without any beak, but much shorter than in E. tereticornis.

Stamens about 2 lines long, inflected in the bud; anthers small, ovate, with parallel distinct cells.

Ovary short, convex or conical in the centre.

Fruit nearly globular, rarely above 3 lines diameter, the rim broad and very prominent, almost conical, the capsule not sunk and the valves entirely protruding even before they open. (B.Fl. iii, 240.)