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Corymbia gummifera

Red Bloodwood, Mannen

Family: Myrtaceae

Corymbia gummifera may have been the first named 'gum tree' for the red ( almost iridescent when wet) resin exuded from damaged areas. The tree itself is usually a medium-sized, 20-30 m in sheltered forests. It is commonly found in association with Angophora costata (Sydney Red Gum) and Eucalyptus piperita (Sydney Peppermint) in shallow sandy soils on dry ridges and slopes.

The bark of Corymbia gummifera is dark grey-brown, cracked and scaly, covering the whole tree. The fruits are urn-shaped, about 1cm wide.

Aboriginal people in the Sydney region sucked the nectar for a sweet drink and used the resin to prevent fishing lines fraying.

Corymbia gummifera flowers in February and March.

Corymbia gummifera - Red Bloodwood

Corymbia gummifera - Red Bloodwood

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Corymbia gummifera - Red Bloodwood

Corymbia gummifera - Red Bloodwood

Corymbia gummifera - Red Bloodwood

 

 

 

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