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20051227Da_EL_060=_MG_0160-Red-flowering-Gum-flowers-Brisbane-Australia-EL+PS.jpg
Red-flowering Gum flowers, Brisbane Australia.   //  Red-flowering Gum - Myrtaceae: Corymbia (=Eucalyptus) ficifolia. Height to 8m, depending on habitat. DBH: to 50cm. Occurs in the wild near Walpole in south-west Western Australia preferring sandy soils, but often hybridises with the closely related Marri tree (C. calophylla). Flowers can be crimson, red, orange, pink, dull white.  Popular as an ornamental tree because of its colourful flowers and tolerance of a wide range of climatic conditions. This is a grafted specimen, ficifolia scion on a rootstock vigorous in sub-tropical climates.  The fused operculum drops from the buds, exposing a multitude of stamens with yellow pollen bundles at their tip - this is a favoured food of the honeyeater and parrot species that have brush-tongues to collect it. IUCN: Least Concern.   Eric Lindgren.   //