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Red Gum Burl

Angophora leiocarpa (prev. Angophora costata ssp. leiocarpa)


A large burl on Red Gum (aka Smooth-barked Apple). This one stood out a mile, and I think quite impressive as it was dark and resinous and beautiful. A good size too. Almost all burl wood is covered by bark, even if it is underground. Insect infestation and certain types of mold infestation are the most common causes of this condition. In some tree species, burls can grow to great size. Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, favoured for its beauty and rarity. It is sought after by furniture makers, artists, and wood sculptors. Red Gum Burl is highly-prized in Australia.


Found along a trail in the Brisbane Forest Park near Enoggera Reservoir. Thick native bushland vegetation.


The white spots on this tree are nests of the Salticid Ant Eater Spider. These spiders seem particularly fond of Angophora and Casuarina species trees. I have never noticed them on any other tree species.

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 8, 2015
Submitted on Mar 14, 2015

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