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Eucalyptus microcorys (MYRTACEAE) Tallow wood

Habit

Eucalyptus microcorys
Photo: Robert Whyte

Large tree to 30 m high occasionally 40 with persistent stringy red-brown or brown-black bark. Common in dry rainforest and moist/ dry eucalypt forest.

Recognized by the reddish rough bark, dis-colorous leaves (top of leaf darker than bottom) and funnel-shaped fruits.

Found along the coastal areas from Queensland down to Newcastle New South Wales.

Low branching habit and dense crown provides an excellent windbreak.

Important local species for insects, birds and mammals, including koalas. Produces a denser canopy than most eucs.

The very old tree shown here has been a Gap landmark for over 100 years.

Closeup of bark


Eucalyptus microcorys
Photo: Robert Whyte

The timber is naturally oily with a high tannin content and is highly used for decking and, recently, garden furniture. The colour is a distinct yellowish brown to olive-green.

Flowers


Eucalyptus microcorys
Photo: Robert Whyte

Flowers: Simple, axillary inflorescences, often clustered terminally, 7-9 flowered July to November.

Greek eu, well; kalyptos, covered (in reference to the flower operculum); Greek micro small;corys cap, refers to the opercula.