Corymbia maculata (Hook.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson

Telopea 6: 393 (1995) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Tree to 60 m tall; bark smooth, shedding in small, irregular flakes giving a spotted appearance. Juvenile leaves petiolate, opposite for few pairs, then alternate, elliptic to ovate, some peltate, to 23 cm long, 10.5 cm wide, early leaves hairy; adult leaves petiolate, alternate, lanceolate, to 21 cm long, 3 cm wide, concolorous, green; with regular, wide-angled pinnate side veins; reticulation very dense, with small island oil glands. Inflorescences compound in axils of upper leaves; peduncles to 2 cm long, 3(–7)-flowered; buds pedicellate, ovoid, to 1 cm long, 0.6 cm diam., scar absent; operculum conical or beaked; stamens inflexed; anthers cuneate; ovules in 4 or 5 vertical rows; flowers white or creamy-white. Fruit pedicellate, ovoid to slightly urceolate, 1.4 cm long, 1.1 cm diam.; disc vertically descending, lining tube; valves deeply enclosed; seed red-brown, flattened-elliptic, often keeled on dorsal side, hilum ventral. Flowers Jul.–Sep.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, HSF, NIS, VVP. Only known in Victoria from the Mottle Range, south of Buchan.

Notable for its erect form and completely smooth bark; closely allied to only two other species, Corymbia citriodora (Hook.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson, which is endemic to central and northern Queensland and is distinguished by its narrower leaves which are lemon-scented on crushing, and C. henryi (S.T.Blake) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johson, which occurs in northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland and has larger leaves, buds and fruits. Both C. maculata and C. citriodora are widely planted for ornament.

Source: Brooker, M.I.H.; Slee, A.V. (1996). Eucalyptus. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Eucalyptus maculata Hook.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2021-03-01
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Myrtales
family Myrtaceae
genus Corymbia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Corymbia maculata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Corymbia maculata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

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