Gippsland swamp box
The Gippsland swamp box (eucalyptus conspicua) is a tree of seasonal freshwater swamps in eastern Gippsland and in the Latrobe Valley it can inhabit small rises and hillsides in poor soil. In the Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve, it can be found in the western portion between Dwyer Street and Baringa Special School.
Flowering (white) over summer and into autumn, the juvenile leaves of this eucalypt are strikingly silver against the grey-green of the adult ones and these silvery leaves are retained in the crown of the tree.
Leaves and buds
The juvenile leaves are sessile (lacking a stem), opposite, rounded and are up to 14.5cm X 4.5cm in size. The adult leaves, in contrast, have leaf stems (described as petiolate), alternate along the branchlets, are broadly lanceolate and grey-green in colour with a dull surface. The buds are diamond shaped, to 0.7 X 0.8cm, silvery coloured (glaucous) with a rounded operculum, and occur in groups of seven.
The fruit is waxy when young, with very short stems (peduncles), is cup-like with valves to the rim or standing up above it (exerted).
One of the Reserve’s rough-barked species, the tree has bark that is thick, longitudinally furrowed, and reddish brown to grey-brown and persistent on trunk and branches.
Brooker, M.I.H. & Kleinig, D.A. (1999) Field guide to eucalypts Volume 1 south- eastern Australia, Bloomings Books: Hawthorn
Nicolle, D. (2006) Eucalypts of Victoria and Tasmania, Bloomings Books: Melbourne