|Common Name(s)||Red Bloodwood|
"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.)
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.
"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)
EUCLID Eucalypts of Australia Edition 4 (2015, internet based, hosted by the Atlas of Living Australia). Date accessed: Oct 6, 2019.
Brooker M.I.H., Kleinig D.A. (2004) ‘Field guide to eucalypts. Vol. 3. 2nd edn. (Bloomings Books: Melbourne)