Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Corymbia intermedia (R.T.Baker) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson

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Hill, K.D. & Johnson, L.A.S. (1995) Telopea 6: 247.

Common name

Pink Bloodwood; Red Bloodwood; Bloodwood


Stem clothed in a 'bloodwood' bark which extends to the branches. (A 'bloodwood' bark is flaky and plate-like but each individual flake is shortly fibrous.)


Oil dots visible with a lens if not visible to the naked eye. Leaf blades about 8-15 x 1.5-3 cm, with 50 or more lateral veins on either side of the slightly raised midrib.


Individual flowers pedicellate. Operculum conical or broadly conical, about 5-7 mm diam., equal to or shorter than the calyx tube (hypanthium). Peduncles +/- square in transverse section. Outer and inner operculum shed together as one unit.


Fruits urceolate, hard and woody, about 15-17 x 11-13 mm. Valves 3-4, deeply included. Seeds with a wing at one end.


Cotyledons much wider than long. Oil dots difficult to see with a lens, almost confined to the margins. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade ovate, apex apiculate, base obtuse with a few bristle-like hairs on the upper surface along the midrib; oil dots sparse and difficult to see with a lens; midrib on the underside of the leaf blade, petiole and stem clothed in bristle-like reddish brown hairs. Lignotuber present. Seed germination time 6 to 14 days.

Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia, occurs in NEQ, CEQ and southwards to north-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ from sea level to 1100 m. Grows in open forest, dry and wet sclerophyll forest and on rain forest margins.

Natural History & Notes

Food plant for the larval stages of the Dull Oakblue Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).

Produces a durable timber suitable for construction work.

Wood specific gravity 1.01. Cause et al. (1989).

Eucalyptus intermedia R.T.Baker, Proc. Linnean Society New South Wales 25: 674(1901), Type: Ballina (W. Bauerlen); Richmond and Clarence Rivers (Rev. Dr. Woolls); Barneys Wharf, Cambewarra (W. Bauerlen, P. Macpherson).
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