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Eucalyptus prava - Orange Gum - 100 Seeds

Eucalyptus prava - Orange Gum - 100 Seeds

SKU: EUCPRAV
$3.15Price

Myrtaceae species - No shipment to WA or TAS

 

Eucalyptus prava, commonly known as the Orange Gum, develops into a small to medium tree to 15m in height with a trunk that is often rather twisted, the bark is smooth and comes in a range of colours - patchy grey, grey-brown, orange and red-brown are all colours in the palette of Orange Gum bark colours.  In Spring the bark is shed in large plates or flakes and this is when the orange colour is most vivid (hence the common name). 
As the year progresses this colour fades.
 
Adult leaves blue-grey to glaucous, lanceolate to broadly lanceolate
 
Large white flowers, in clusters of 5 - 7, appear in late Spring and Summer and a range of insects are attracted to the nectar-rich blooms.  Centre stage, in the photo, is a pair of Spotted Flower Chafer Beetles that are feeding on the nectar and endeavouring to increase the Spotted Flower Chafer population.  The capsules that follow the flowers are globular with prominent protruding valves.
 
Eucalyptus prava occurs on the Northern Tablelands of NSW and south-east Queensland.  The Orange Gum was previously included with E. bancroftii, a coastal species but was given species status in 1990.  Eucalyptus prava is characterised by its small stature, grey to bright pink smooth bark, broad ovate juveniles, glaucous buds and fruit and dull grey-green to blue-grey to glaucous adult leaves.  The primary distinguishing feature is that the buds and fruit of Eucalyptus prava are normally glaucous.
 
The species name is from the Latin; pravus meaning crooked and refers to the often twisted trunk.
 
Prefers a well drained soil in a sunny position and is drought and frost tolerant.
 
100 premium quality seeds shipped on receipt of cleared funds.