Queensland Native Seeds

Corymbia erythrophloia

Scientific NameCorymbia erythrophloia
CategoriesTree
Common Name(s)Red Bloodwood
FamilyMyrtaceae

Description

"Tree to 8 m tall. Forming a lignotuber." (Euclid, 4th Ed.)

"C. erythrophloia is a thinly rough-barked tree with a reddish character to the bark overall, the crown is made up of dull green leaves which are scarcely paler on the underside if at all, buds are pear-shaped, shiny and borne in terminal inflorescences whilst fruit are urn-shaped to barrel-shaped usually with conspicuous flared rim..." (Euclid, 4th Ed.)

Notes

Corymbia erythrophloia occurs in open eucalyptus woodland settings often on basaltic clay loams however we also note the tree on serpentinite and granites. It -commonly appears on lists for revegetation on mine sites. It is a very approachable tree. The generous clusters of fruit are easy to cut however some care needs to be taken handling this fruit which will otherwise easily break apart on the ground.

The seed and chaff of many Corymbia species including this one have relatively low density and so a much larger volume of seed is required to produce a chosen weight. The amount of seed from any one tree is more limited than many Eucalypt species. In our experience and that of other seed collectors in Queensland, fruit of C. erythrophloia is likely to be eaten by cockatoos just prior to ripening. In consideration of these facts it appears ethical and practical not to heavily harvest seed from such a species and to spread the seed resource out among end-users.

Brooker and Kleinig reported C. erythrophloia as, "typically half-barked", when observed between Normanton and Burketown in northern Queensland.

Historical Notes

Distribution

"Widespread in Queensland west of the coastal ranges, from north of Kingaroy to south-west of Cooktown and west to Pentland and Mantuan Downs; endemic." (Brooker, M.I.H., and Kleinig, D.A., 2004)

Distribution Map | Corymbia erythrophloia | Queensland Native Seeds

Corymbia erythrophloia | habit | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | habit | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | juvenile trees | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | habit | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | old fruit, dehisced | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | leaf | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | trunk, canopy | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | trunk | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | bark | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | fruit drying in tunnels | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | fruit drying on tarp | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | Edaphic site examples (basaltic clay loam) | Queensland Native Seeds
Corymbia erythrophloia | Edaphic site examples (shallow clay loam soil on serpentinite) | Queensland Native Seeds

References and Related Links

EUCLID Eucalypts of Australia Edition 4 (2015, internet based, hosted by the Atlas of Living Australia). Date accessed: Oct 6, 2019.

http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org:8080/euclid/data/02050e02-0108-490e-8900-0e0601070d00/media/Html/index.htm

http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org:8080/euclid/data/02050e02-0108-490e-8900-0e0601070d00/media/Html/Corymbia_erythrophloia.htm

Brooker M.I.H., Kleinig D.A. (2004) ‘Field guide to eucalypts. Vol. 3. 2nd edn. (Bloomings Books: Melbourne)