Sunday, February 2, 2014

Magnificent Red Bloodwood Eucalyptus in Flower at Rogers Reserve 01/02/2014

This beautiful flowering tree in the Charles & Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields is a Red Bloodwood (Corymbia gummifera). It is a hardwood tree native to Eastern Australia. The flowers and large clusters of gumnuts are beautiful. Flower nectar production attracts a wide range of both invertebrate and 
vertebrate fauna. Fruit (seed) is eaten by cockatoos. Glider possums actively scar this tree’s trunk and branches to access the sap flow for food. Older trees develop hollow bearing branches which provide
breeding and roosting opportunities for a diverse range of species. It is thought that the longevity of this Red Bloodwood tree species is well over 100 years!  You can see this young flowering tree on the edge of the reserve on Polzin Road.

Red Bloodwood (Corymbia gummifera) at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve 01/02/2014

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