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Species profile—Eucalyptus raveretiana (black ironbox)


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Plantae (plants)
Equisetopsida (land plants)
Scientific name
Eucalyptus raveretiana F.Muell.
Common name
black ironbox
WildNet taxon ID
Alternate name(s)
black iron box
thozet's box
Thozets box
ironwood box
coastal coolibah
Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) status
Least concern
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) status
Conservation significant
Pest status
Eucalyptus raveretiana is a small to medium-sized tree growing to 30m tall. The pith (spongy inner contents) of the branchlets is glandular. The rough bark is thick, longitudinally fissured and coloured grey over brown and sometimes extends onto the base of the larger branches and most branches are a smooth blue or grey colour. The juvenile leaves are ovate in shape and measure up to 10cm long by 3cm wide, opposite for a few pairs and then alternating. The adult leaves are lance-shaped to ovate, 8-15cm long by 1-3cm wide and arranged alternately. The upper leaf surface is dull, dark bluish green, with the underside much paler.
The white flowers are grouped into multi-branched clusters at the end of the branchlets. Mature flower buds are 3-4mm long by 1-2mm wide and have a cone-shaped cap. The seed capsules are hemispherical, about 2mm long by 2mm in diameter and have 3-4 exserted valves, extending well above the body of the capsule. The seeds are ellipse-shaped, brown and smooth to very shallowly reticulate. (Brooker & Kleinig 1994; Halford 1997; DEWHA 2008)
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Eucalyptus raveretiana occurs in scattered and disjunct populations in central coastal and sub-coastal Queensland, from Charters Towers and Ayr, and south to Rockhampton. (Halford 1997; Herbrecs 2008)
Distributional limits
-19.8547222, 146.4399841
-23.5428546, 150.5172223
Range derivation
Range derived from extent of the taxon's verified records
Eucalyptus raveretiana grows along watercourses and occasionally on river flats. It occurs in open forest or woodland communities. The species prefers sites with moderately fertile soil and adequate sub-soil moisture. The alluvial soils in which it grows are sands, loams, light clays or cracking clays. (Halford 1997)
Young Eucalyptus raveretiana trees are fast growing. (Halford 1997)
Eucalyptus raveretiana has been recorded in flower from December to March. (Halford 1997)
Contributors: Jan A. Abbotts 23/01/2002; Tony Bean, Mellisa Mayhew 27/01/2009
Brooker, M.I.H. & Kleinig, D.A. (1994). Field guide to Eucalypts: Volume 3, Northern Australia. Inkata Press, Sydney.
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (2008). Eucalyptus raveretiana in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Canberra. Accessed 24/09/2008.
Halford, D. (1997). Eucalyptus raveretiana, in Species Management Manual. Department of Natural Resources, Brisbane.
Herbrecs (2008). Eucalyptus raveretiana, in BriMapper version 2.12. Queensland Herbarium. Accessed 24/09/2008.
Profile author
Tony Bean (27/01/2009)

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This profile data is sourced from the QLD Wildlife Data API using the Get species by ID function used under CC-By 4.0.

This information is sourced from the WildNet database managed by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

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8 March 2022