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Corymbia maculata (syn. Eucalyptus maculata)
Spotted gum is a native Australian eucalyptus tree, and belongs to the family Myrtaceae. This is also an important food tree species for many animals - koalas eat the leaves, and the flowers attract possums, honeyeaters and fruit bats. It's a tall tree with a straight trunk, growing to a height of 45 metres, sometimes taller. There is even an old reference to a 91 metre tall tree. I particularly love the beautiful bark of spotted gums; it's a very distinctive feature. PS: I've taken the course of least resistance when nominating a scientific name for this spotting. Quite frankly, it's a mess. This is definitely a spotted gum. Corymbia maculata / Eucalyptus maculata also appears to be the same species as Corymbia citriodora ssp. variegata, but there's also C. variegata, E. variegata, E. maculata ssp. citriodora, and the list goes on. Even local references are confusing and can refer to any of the above, some indicating a different species, whilst others indicate it's the same. Give me a break! http://www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/_d... https://megoutlook.files.wordpress.com/2...
Toohey Forest is a remnant eucalyptus woodland reserve of approximately 655 hectares. The forest is situated within an urban area on the south side of Brisbane, within the city limits. Corymbia maculata is a dominant species of open forest in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. It occurs on infertile and dry sites and is associated with the presence of shales and slates.
One thing I find interesting is the koala diet in their various endemic regions, and their preference for certain food trees. In Toohey Forest there are several favourite food tree species, but their selection of trees will vary over time and season. Tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys) and grey gum (Eucalyptus punctata) are current favourites, but they are also known to eat leaves from the spotted gum (Corymbia maculata), although spotted gum isn't being eaten at present, most likely due to conditions being so dry and perhaps less moisture in the leaves than in other species. It's a good backup supply though.
Lat: -27.54, Long: 153.06
Spotted on Nov 29, 2019
Submitted on Dec 28, 2019