|Common Name(s)||Moreton Bay Ash, Carbeen|
"Tree to 35 m tall. Forming a lignotuber. Bark rough on lower 1–4 m of trunk, tessellated, dark grey to black, abruptly changing to whitish smooth bark that is sometimes powdery." (Euclid, 4th Ed.)
A widespread ghost gum species which is simply identified however more care may be needed to avoid confusion at the northerm end of its range. Please refer to Euclid. 4th Ed. links below for clarification.
Corymbia tessellaris can be particularly striking in places because of a stocking of tessellated bark which contrasts with an upper smooth, white bark. In some places the upper bark is of darker hues.
Seed collections of this species are often difficult because the harvesting window is extremely small, often a period of several days. Seed and chaff may remain practically colourless until almost the moment of ripening. Nonetheless, the taxon is valuable to revegetation and is well worth pursuing.
"Widely distributed in the eastern half of Queensland including Goondiwindi, Charleville, Blackall, Mt Surprise and northwards (a tree of E.tessellaris at Cape York is the northernmost eucalypt on mainland Australia), also far north-eastern New South Wales and the south-west of Papua-New Guinea." (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)