Eucalyptus tereticornis

Family Myrtaceae

Forest Red Gum

Tree up to 30 m high with smooth white or grey bark shedding in long strips during growth periods in autumn. Longevity up to 200 years. Quicker growing than Eucalyptus crebra.

Flowers: White, at various times throughout the year.Blossoms eaten by Grey-headed Flying Fox, Pteropus poliocephalus.

Fruit: Woody capsule, 4ľ8 mm long, mature JuneľNovember.

Seed: Small, retained in capsule on tree until shed (probably by November). Locally dispersed by gravity, about 20 m. No dormancy, germinate readily without treatment. No soil stored seedbank.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout

Ecology

  • Commonly found in woodland on lower hillslopes and alluvial flats.
  • Frequent, dominant in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden. Diameters of old treees up to 1 m.
  • Seedling recruitment episodic, in open areas, not fire related.
  • Saplings reach flowering maturity in about 20 years.
  • Resprouts from epicormic buds or basal sprouts after fire.

 

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Eucalyptus tereticornis plant

Eucalyptus tereticornis bark

Eucalyptus tereticornis flower

Eucalyptus tereticornis fruit