Scribbly Gum, Inland Scribbly Gum, Snappy Gum, Snap Gum, White Gum, Western Scribbly Gum.
Rossii, after W.J.C. Ross (1850-1914), teacher at Bathurst Technical College. Common name refers to "scribbles", a common bark feature.
Up to 20m.
Presence in Australia
Noted in the areas Carabost, Murraguldrie, Yaven Creek, Lunts Sugarloaf and Four Mile.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, ACT, Vic.
Dry sclerophyll woodland. Poor shallow stony soils on rises, and low ridges in undulating country.
Tree to 20m high with smooth white or yellow bark with scribbles, shedding in short ribbons. Dull grey-green leaves. Diameter at breast height up to 1m.
Sometimes confused with Brittle Gum (E. mannifera), but distinguished by its scribbly non-powdery bark, leaves and buds. One of five species known as Scribbly Gum due to insects feeding in the bark, although other four species not within region. They are E. haemastoma, E. racemosa, E. sclerophylla and E. signata.
Well-drained soil. Tolerates frost.
Scribbles in bark are left by insect larvae which burrow beneath bark.
From seed (±161 viable seeds per gram).
Shade and shelter
Useful medium-level cover in windbreaks.
Brittle. Not durable or commercial.
Nectar-rich flowers are a food source for various native birds.
Attractive specimen for landscaping due to white trunk and spreading branches.