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Corymbia tessellaris

Corymbia tessellaris (F. Muell.) K.D. Hill & L.A.S. Johnson, Telopea 6: 402 (1995).
Eucalyptus viminalis Hook., in Mitchell, J. Trop. Austral. 157 (1846).
TYPE: Queensland, camp 14, Frosty Creek near Mt Abundance, SE of Roma, T.L.Mitchell 146, 9 May 1846 (holo CGE, iso K, MEL, NSW)
Eucalyptus tessellaris F. Muell., J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 3: 88 (1859).
TYPE: Queensland, Near Laidley, S.T. Blake 10409, 26 Jan 1936 (neo NSW, isoneotypes in BRI, CANB, K, MO, PRE, fide Hill & Johnson 1996). Ttype citation: 'Hab. In graminosis tam collium quam planitierum praesertim arenoso-argillaceorum a parte austro-orientali sinus Carpentaria usque ad sinum Morton [sic] Bay. Anth. Nov., Dec.'


Habit: Tree, Height to 30 m high.
Bark: Bark persistent on lower trunk or persistent on full trunk, tessellated, grey to grey-black, dull or glossy, white or grey (above), shedding in short ribbons or shedding in small polygonal flakes. Branchlets green. Pith glands present; Bark glands absent. Cotyledons suborbicular.
Leaves: Juvenile leaves disjunct from node 3–5, lanceolate to ovate, hispid with bristle glands only, petiolate. Intermediate leaves disjunct early, linear to narrow lanceolate, straight, entire, glossy green, petiolate, 24 cm long, 5 mm wide. Adult leaves disjunct, linear to narrow lanceolate, not falcate, acuminate, basally tapered, dull, green to grey-green, thick to thin, concolorous, 8–18 cm long, 1–1.8 mm wide; Petioles narrowly flattened or channelled, Petioles 5–10 mm long. Lateral veins obscure, obtuse, closely spaced. Intramarginal vein distinct, continuous.
Inflorescences: Conflorescence compound, axillary; Umbellasters 1-flowered to 7-flowered (irregularly), irregular. Peduncles terete, 5–7 mm long. Pedicels terete, 2–3 mm long.
Flowers: Buds pyriform to clavate, not glaucous or pruinose, 4–6 mm long, 3–4 mm diam. Calyx calyptrate; shedding early. Calyptra patelliform, as wide as hypanthium; smooth. Hypanthium smooth. Flowers white, or cream.
Fruits: Fruits cylindrical to ovoid (occasionally suburceolate), pedicellate, 3 locular, 8–11 mm long, 6–8 mm diam. Calyptra scar flat, 0.2–0.5 mm wide. Disc depressed. Valves enclosed. Seeds regular and flattened, patelliform and ovoid, shallowly reticulate, dull to semi-glossy, red or red-brown. Hilum terminal. Chaff linear, chaff same colour as seed.

Occurrence: Locally frequent, in woodlands on flat, deep soils of medium to high fertility.
Distribution: Qld, or N.S.W. N.S.W. regions North Coast, or North Western Plains.

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