Eucalyptus cephalocarpa Blakely

Mealy Stringybark

Key Eucalypts 164 (1934) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tree to 20 m tall; bark rough to small branches, fibrous, thick, longitudinally furrowed. Crown of green adult leaves. Juvenile leaves sessile, opposite for many pairs, orbicular to ovate, rarely broadly lanceolate, to 9 cm long, 4.5 cm wide, glaucous or green; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate to falcate, 6.5–18 cm long, 1–2 cm wide, concolorous, dull to glossy, green; reticulation dense, with numerous, island oil glands. Inflorescences axillary, unbranched; peduncles to 1 cm long, 7-flowered; buds sessile to shortly pedicellate, diamond-shaped maturing clavate, to 0.7 cm long, 0.4 cm diam., scar present; operculum conical; stamens inflexed; anthers dorsifixed, cuneate; ovules in 4 vertical rows; flowers cream. Fruit sessile to shortly pedicellate, obconical to campanulate, to 0.7 cm long, 0.7 cm diam.; disc raised-annular; valves 3 or 4; seed grey-brown to blackish, flattened-ellipsoid, minutely pitted to almost smooth, with ventral hilum. Flowers Feb.–Apr.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HSF, Strz, VVP. Also NSW. Also west of Greencape and in Nadgee Nature Reserve in far south-eastern New South Wales. In Victoria from near Castlemaine, Kinglake and the Mornington Peninsula east to Mallacoota, occurring on a range of sites from around low-lying areas to sandplains and low ridges and slopes, always on poor soil.

Plants in East Gippsland are usually only slightly glaucous on the buds and seedlings, those closer to Melbourne usually have conspicuously glaucous growing tips in the adult crown as well as very glaucous buds and seedlings.

Source: Brooker, M.I.H.; Slee, A.V. (1996). Eucalyptus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-22
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Eucalyptus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eucalyptus cephalocarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eucalyptus cephalocarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory