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Corymbia tessellaris (MYRTACEAE) Moreton Bay Ash, Carbeen

Corymbia t
Photo: Robert Whyte

A characteristic tree in eucalypt forest and associated woodlands on flat, deep soils of medium to high fertility, very noticeable by its collar of tessellated bark changing to smooth grey white.

A fast growing evergreen tree, 10-20m tall. The lower part of the trunk has persistent, rough, dark grey bark that is closely and evenly cracked into rectangular segments (tessellated). The upper part of the trunk has a smooth grey or white surface.

Narrow, lanceolate leaves may be up to about 15 cm long and as little as 1 cm wide. The fresh fruiting capsules are thin and can be squashed easily with the fingers (hence also known as one of the paper-fruited bloodwoods).

Widespread in the tropical and subtropical regions of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory on deep well-drained soils.

Resistant to strong winds, heat and drought and will tolerate a moderate amount of salt spray.

Propagation is from seed. Flowering occurs from midwinter to early summer.

Fruit cylindrical or ovoid, more or less striate, 8-11 mm long, 6-8 mm wide, disc depressed, valves enclosed.