Eucalyptus moluccana

Family Myrtaceae

Grey Box

Tree to 25 m high, with fibrous–flaky bark. Persistent on lower  trunk. Branches smooth, bark shed annually in long strands, generally autumn. Longevity 100 - 200 years, quicker growing than Eucalyptus crebra.

Flowers: White, February - May. Blossoms eaten by Grey-headed Flying Fox Pteropus poliocephalus.

Fruit: Woody capsule 5–9 mm long.

Seed: Seed shed at maturity or soon after, March–September.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout

Ecology

  • Commonly found in woodland.
  • Frequent, dominant in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden. Diameters of old trees up to 1 m.
  • Seedling recruitment episodic, in open areas, not fire related.
  • Saplings reach flowering maturity in about 20 years.
  • Resprouts from epicormic buds or basal sprouts after fire.

 

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Eucalyptus moluccana plant

Eucalyptus moluccana bark

Eucalyptus moluccana flower