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I am always fascinated by the texture of the bark on Sydney Red Gums, but this particular specimen caught my eye because of its unruly behaviour and beautiful location - It is a quintessentially Australian native that is perfectly adapted to harsh conditions. The base of the tree looked like it was actually growing out of the rock, so it definitely has a firm foothold. Also known as the Smooth-barked Apple, Rose Apple and Rose Gum, this species differs from the majority of gum trees in that it is not a Eucalyptus, but rather a closely related genus.
Found amongst massive rocky outcrops on a sandstone ridge facing the coast, along the Maitland Bay Track in Bouddi National Park. Strong winds, salty air, all-day exposure to the sun. http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nation...
This is a very important tree for fauna with respect to hollow log formation in older specimens which are used by many species of vertebrate fauna for both breeding and roosting, possums being one example. The nectar is a major source of food for many species including numerous invertebrates, flying foxes, and the seeds eaten by parrots.