Eucalyptus exserta, Fam. Myrtaceae
Small to medium tree to 25m, but more commonly 10-15m, sometimes a mallee. Fibrous, persistent bark on trunk and usually on all but the smallest branches. Though this species can be a half bark, bark often looks somewhat untidy and patchy. Frequently shows evidence of termites. The common name is reminiscent of the smell when the leaves are crushed.
|Form or habit:||Small tree, Med tree|
Alternate, narrow, lanceolate, concolourous, greyish green. Juvenile leaves are very narrow. Crushed leaves have a strong peppermint smell.
|Flower description:||Axillary, unbranched, white flowers. Bud cap is conical and about twice as long as wide. November to February.|
|Fruit description:||Green turning brown capsules, more or less globular with a broad disc and markedly exserted valves.|
|Habitat:||Open forest, woodland.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales.|
|Food source for:||It is one of the preferred fodder species of the koala.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Grow from seed. It is of minor importance as a source of honey and of moderate importance as a pollen source for honey bees. The timber is pale pink brown, hard, durable but somewhat brittle.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|