Eucalyptus aurantiaca F.Muell.
Eucalyptus miniata is an evergreen tree with a well-formed crown; it can grow up to 30 metres tall. The bole is straight and cylindrical[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It as attractive orange-coloured flowers and is grown as an ornamental[
Australia - northern Western Australia, northern Northern Teritory, northern Queensland
Fairly close savannah woodland and on lateritic or sandy soils; at elevations up to 300 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Eucalyptus miniata is native to the tropical climate of northern Australia, where it is found at elevations up to 300 metres. Summers are hot and moist, with dry winters and a dry season of around 7 months. Mean annual rainfall is within the range 750 - 1,500mm; mean maximum temperature of the hottest month is 35°c; mean minimum temperature of the coldest month is 5°c, and there are generally no frosts[
Eucalyptus species generally require a sunny position, succeeding in a wide range of well-drained, circumneutral soils of low to moderate fertility[
The plant develops a lignotuber - this is a woody tuber that starts to develop near the base of seedlings and can become massive in the mature plants of some species. It possesses embedded vegetative buds, allowing the plant to regenerate following crown destruction, for example by fire[
An essential oil is obtained from the leaves. Total quantity of the oil, and its composition, can vary widely from plant to plant, but we have reports that the fresh leaves contain around 1.0% (0.2 - 1.2% dry weight) essential oil. The main components include pinene (up to 85'% in some forms) and 1,8-cineole[
The red to red-brown wood is hard, not very durable, the insides of the trees are often eaten out by termites. The wood is generally only used locally[
Seed - surface sow in a sunny position and make sure the compost is not allowed to dry out[
]. Species that come from high altitudes appreciate 6 - 8 weeks cold stratification at 2°c[
]. Pot up the seedlings into individual pots as soon as the second set of seed leaves has developed, if left longer than this they might not move well. The seedlings are ready for planting in the field when they are 25 - 30 cm tall, usually after 3 - 4 months.
The seed has a long viability[
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