Eucalyptus globulus

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Name and publication

Eucalyptus globulus Labill., Voy. Rech. Perouse 1: 153, t. 13 (1800).

Description

The fruits of the blue gum are sold as "gum nuts globulus" or "eucalyptus pods" in the retail potpourri trade. The capsules are subglobular to more or less hemispherical, 5-21 mm long x 6-25 mm wide, glaucous or not, weakly 4-ribbed, valves 3-5, level or exserted. The subsp. bicostata (Maiden, Blakely & J., Simm.) Kirkpatr. has sessile fruits that are weekly 2-ribbed.

Nativity and distribution

Eucalyptus globulus is native to New South Wales, Tasmania, and Victoria, Australia but widely cultivated elsewhere.

Family

Myrtaceae