Queensland Native Seeds

Eucalyptus melanophloia

Scientific NameEucalyptus melanophloia
Common Name(s)Silver-Leaved Ironbark


"Usually a tree to 20 m tall, sometimes a mallee, only 4 m tall. Forming a lignotuber. Ironbark to the smallest branches, dark grey or black, deeply furrowed longitudinally; branchlets usually glaucous." (Euclid, 4th Ed.)


An easily identifiable eucalypt in most places and highly utilised in revegetation work. Eucalyptus melanophloia is an accessible tree for the seed collector and a reliable seed setter. Fruiting can be anticipated by observing seasonal rainfall patterns which are usually advantageous to the species around late Spring to early Summer. It is normal for some years to pass between seeding events in particular regions however the species has a large distribution, is common and locally abundant.

E.melanophloia occurs on a range of soils from relatively poor, sandy soils to fertile, basaltic clay loams.

Historical Notes


"Occuring widely in Queensland from Brisbane to west of Chillagoe; occuring as a small mallee (widely separated from main distribution) south of Mt Isa; also widely distributed from the western slopes of the northern tablelands of New South Wales to north of Brisbane." (Brooker, M.I.H., and Kleinig, D.A., 2004)

Distribution Map | Eucalyptus melanophloia | Queensland Native Seeds

Eucalyptus melanophloia | bark | Queensland Native Seeds
Eucalyptus melanophloia | habitat | Queensland Native Seeds
Eucalyptus melanophloia | bud | Queensland Native Seeds
Eucalyptus melanophloia | inflorescence, bud | Queensland Native Seeds
Eucalyptus melanophloia | seed, chaff | Queensland Native Seeds

References and Related Links

EUCLID Eucalypts of Australia Edition 4 (2015, internet based, hosted by the Atlas of Living Australia). Date accessed: Oct 3, 2019.


http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org:8080/euclid/data/02050e02-0108-490e-8900-0e0601070d00/media/Html/Eucalyptus_melanophloia.htm Brooker M.I.H., Kleinig D.A. (2004) ‘Field guide to eucalypts. Vol. 3. 2nd edn. (Bloomings Books: Melbourne)