Australian Native Plants

  Corymbia aparrerinja (Ghost Gum)


Corymbia aparrerinja photo
Corymbia aparrerinja

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Corymbia aparrerinja photo
Corymbia aparrerinja flowers

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Corymbia aparrerinja bark

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Credits:
Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2019) Eucalyptus papuana. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. https://profiles.ala.org.au/opus/foa/profile/Eucalyptus%20papuana Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



GHOST GUM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Corymbia aparrerinja in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Ghost Gum

Other Names
Desert Gum, Cabbage Gum, Carbeen

Description
The Ghost Gum is a tree to 15 m. Bark smooth, white or grey-white throughout. Juvenile leaves shortly petiolate, oblong or elliptic to broadly lanceolate, acute or acuminate, glabrous or minutely and sparsely setose, undulate. Adult leaves alternate, petiolate, narrowly to broadly lanceolate; lamina 5-18 cm long, 1.2-4.5 cm wide, light green or yellow-green; lateral veins fine, at 40° -60° ; intramarginal vein up to 1 mm from margin; petiole terete, 1-2.5 cm long. Conflorescence axillary or apparently terminal condensed corymbose panicle; umbels 7-11-flowered; peduncle terete, 4-7 mm long; pedicels 4-7 mm long. Buds ovoid to clavate; operculum 1-2 mm long, 5-6 mm wide; hypanthium obconical, 5 mm long, 4-6 mm wide. Fruits cylindrical, abruptly rounded at base, 7-10 mm long, 6-9 mm wide. Seeds not winged but with narrow margins.

Habitat
Grows in open forest and woodland, alluvial plains, hills and plateaus, in loamy and lateritic soils.

Distribution
Widespread in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions and the Rawlinson Ra., W.A., through most of N.T. and in northern and eastern Qld, as far S as Thylungra and Quilpie. Common in Papua New Guinea.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 10m - 18m
Spread: 8m - 15m



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Myrtales
Family:Myrtaceae
Genus:Corymbia
Species:aparrerinja
Common Name:Ghost Gum


Relatives in same Genus
  Corymbia citriodora
  Corymbia gummifera
  Corymbia intermedia
  Corymbia maculata
  Corymbia ptychocarpa
  Corymbia setosa
  Corymbia terminalis
  Corymbia tessellaris
  Corymbia torelliana
  Corymbia 'Summer Red'