Open woodland plants
Poplar Gum Eucalyptus platyphylla
These are large eucalypts with an open, sprawling habit and are easily recognised by the smooth white trunk and the broadly oval leaves. They are found in open forests in Eastern Queensland from about Rockhampton northwards and grow to a height of about 20 metres. Poplar Gums are usually found as scattered trees in Eucalypt woodland and it is unusual to find them as the dominant species, Poplar Gum woodland has been extensively cleared in coastal areas and only about 10% remains in our region.
The old bark is shed each year to reveal a new trunk of the most exquisite salmon-pink, eventually hardening off to the familiar smooth white trunk. In the late dry season water stressed trees will lose almost all their leaves, while those with access to water will drop their old leaves about the same time as the new ones appear. Flowering is from November to December, the flowers are white and in clusters.

On the left is a close view of hollows formed, and forming, in one of the Poplar Gums at lammermoor.
At the bottom of the tree is a large hollow formed when one of the primary branches has broken away, animals have then expanded the hole to create large nests or refuges.
Above this hole another is forming where a smaller branch has broken away, smaller birds or bats will now enlarge this opening.
At the top the dead branch will soon fall too and allow yet more animals to create nests.
Many species of birds and animals; Red- wing parrots, rainbow lorikeets, forest kingfishers, blue-wing kookaburras, sulphur-crested cockatoos, Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bat, brush tail possums and others are recorded as breeding in this type of woodland.
In Australia all confirmed roosting records of the Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bat, listed as critically endangered, are in these hollows in poplar gums.

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