Angophora hispida


Angophora hispida
Dwarf Apple
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Angophora
Species: A. hispida
Binomial name
A. hispida
(Sm.) Blaxell
Synonyms

Eucalyptus hispida (Sm.) Brooker

Angophora hispida grows as a malee, or as a tree to about 7 m (25 ft) in height.[1] A. hispida's small size, especially when compared to its Angophora and Eucalyptus relatives, leads to it being known by the common name Dwarf Apple. It is native to a relatively small patch of central New South Wales – from just south of Sydney up to the Gosford area.

The plant's leaves are sessile (stalk-less) and hug the stem with heart-shaped bases. Its previous name – A. cordifolia – referred to the cordate leaves. Another distinctive feature are the red bristly hairs that cover the branchlets, flower bases and new growth. This leads to the specific epithet hispida (meaning "bristly").

More recently, genetic work has been published showing Angophora to be more closely related to Eucalyptus than Corymbia, and the name Eucalyptus hispida has been proposed for this species if it were to be placed in the eucalypt genus.

Cultivation

This is a small tree suitable for larger gardens.

References

  1. ^ New South Wales Flora Online: Angophora hispida by K. Hill, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia

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