Lophostemon confertus

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Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Lophostemon
Common names: Brush box
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This large tree is common in the reserve and the new leaves in spring are accompanied by masses of white flowers with numerous prominent stamens. The flowers are very popular with bees. The tree has rough brown bark on the lower trunk and smooth pinkish brown bark on the upper trunk and branches. Unfortunately this tree seems to be one of the least drought tolerant plants growing in the Reserve. There are three or four very large trees which have died in the last year or so and I attribute this to the drought rather than the effects of the Cat’s Claw creeper that killed so many other trees. (November 2008)