Australian Native Plants

  Corymbia ptychocarpa (Swamp Bloodwood)

Corymbia ptychocarpa photo
Inflorescence of Corymbia ptychocarpa commonly known as Swamp Bloodwood

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Corymbia ptychocarpa photo
Swamp Bloodwood (Corymbia ptychocarpa) in flower at Mareeba, Queensland

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Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2017) Eucalyptus ptychocarpa. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Corymbia ptychocarpa in Australia

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

Common Name
Swamp Bloodwood

Other Names
Spring Bloodwood

The Swamp Bloodwood is a tree to 20 m. Bark tessellated or fibrous throughout, grey-brown. Juvenile leaves petiolate, elliptic. Adult leaves mostly alternate, narrowly ovate to lanceolate, acute or acuminate, thick; lamina 20-30 cm long, 5-13 cm wide, green or grey-green, strongly discolorous; lateral veins many, prominent, at 65° -80° ; intramarginal vein confluent with margin; petiole 25-40 mm long. Umbels 3-7-flowered; peduncle thick, terete, up to 30 mm long; pedicels thick, 10-30 mm long. Buds obovoid or clavate, coarsely ribbed; operculum depressed hemispherical or conical, 6-10 mm long, 10-15 mm wide; hypanthium truncate-obovoid, 15-20 mm long, 10-18 mm wide. Fruits truncate-ovoid or cylindrical, strongly ribbed, 3.5-4.5 cm long, 2.5-3.5 cm wide. Seeds winged at one end, yellow-brown.

Usually grows near moist sites such as springs, creeks and at the base of hills.

Occurs in the Kimberley, W.A., northern N.T. including coastal islands, and near Wollogorong, far north-western Qld.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 8m - 15m
Spread: 3m - 10m

Common Name:Swamp Bloodwood

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