Angophora Cav.


Greek aggeion — vessel, phoreo — to carry, referring to the urn shape of the fruit.

Shrubs or trees. Leaves when juvenile opposite, stalkless, 'eared' at the base at first, rough-hairy. Adult leaves opposite and often rough-hairy. Flower clusters of 3-7 flowers; spring to early summer. Sepals 4-5, free. Petals overlapping. Ovary mostly with 3 chambers. Fruit capsule papery or thinly woody, often ribbed and rough.

Grown for the ornamental leaves and bark.The common name is probably derived from the observation made by early settlers of the similarity between some species in this genus and the domesticated apple. A genus closely related to Eucalyptus and, according to some botanists, better placed there.

13 species endemic to Australia, growing along the E coast, with a centre of diversity in the N and C coast of NSW.


Source of good honey.

Like Eucalyptus but with opposite leaves; flowers without a 'lid' (operculum); fruit capsules ribbed and with calyx teeth on the rim.

Leach (1986).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Myrtaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Hero image
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Myrtales
family       Myrtaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Angophora costata (Gaertn.) Britt.
species         Angophora floribunda (Sm.) Sweet
species         Angophora hispida (Sm.) Blaxell
species         Angophora subvelutina F.Muell.