River Red Gum

Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: camaldulensis
Main Flower Colour: White

Description

Medium to tall tree with a thick trunk and major branches. Grey flaking bark on trunk and lower branches. Young trees and minor branches have smooth mottled bark.
The most widely distributed eucalypt, found in all mainland states, mostly along rivers and on floodplains where it forms open forests and woodlands.

Identification

The main flower colour is white. Buds have a sharply contracted point or "beak" on the bud cap. The valves covering the pores through which the seeds escape are pushed out beyond the rim of the gum-nut.

Uses

The dark red wood is hard and heavy, and is termite resistant. It has been widely used for fence posts, railway sleepers and heavy construction timber. Burns well giving a hot fire. The flowers produce abundant nectar for honey.
Mature trees have many hollow branches providing essential nesting sites for birds and small mammals. Trees that fall into rivers provide important fish and other aquatic animal habitat.

References

Forest Trees of Australia. Boland, Brooker et al.

Created: 11 Feb 2014 - Member - John and Val
Updated: 23 May 2014 - Member - John and Val

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Location

Bio Regions

MDD - Murray Darling Depression

FLB - Flinders Lofty Block

RIV - Riverina

NSS - NSW South Western Slopes

COP - Cobar Peneplain

MAC - MacDonnell Ranges

BRT - Burt Plain

MGD - Mitchell Grass Downs

MUL - Mulga Lands

CAR - Carnarvon

Specifics

Hattah Lakes, western Victoria

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