Eucalyptus tessellaris F.Muell.
Eucalyptus viminalis Hook.
Eucalyptus hookeri F.Muell.
Common Name: Carbeen
Corymbia tessellaris is an evergreen tree with a fairly dense crown; it can grow from 12 - 35 metres tall. The bole is shortish according to one report[
], whilst another says that it is of good form, around 50 - 65% of the total tree height and up to 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood and for local use as a medicine.
Australia - eastern Queensland, northern New South Wales
Plains and undulaing land; at elevations up to 450 metres[
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Corymbia tessellaris is native to the tropical and subtropical climate of eastern Australia, where it is found at elevations up to 500 metres. Rainfall occurs mainly in the summer, with a mean annual rainfall within the range 375 - 1,500mm and a dry season that is severe of up to 7 months. The mean maximum temperature of the hottest month is 36 - 38°c; mean minimum temperature of the coldest month is 4°c, and there are generally around zero to 15 frosts a year[
]. When dormant, the plant can survive temperatures down to about -5°c, but young growth is more tender and can be severely damaged at -1°c[
Requires a sunny position, succeeding in a wide range of well-drained soils of high fertility[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 5 - 7, tolerating 4.5 - 7.5[
An attractive tree, it has limited prospects as a plantation crop because it is not a fast-growing species, though it has proved to be of satisfactory growth in some dry areas of northeast Brazil and India[
An infusion of the bark is drunk as a treatment for dysentry[
]. The bark contains kino resin, which is an effective treatment for dysentery, working because it is not absorbed at all from the stomach and only very slowly from the intestine, and is thus able to directly treat the lower part of the intestine[
The brown to dark chocolate brown wood has a close interlocked grain. It is strong, hard and tough, with a density of 960 - 1,000 kilos per cubic metre, rather greasy, not durable in contact with the ground. The wood dresses well; is used in construction work not in contact with the ground[
Seed - surface sow in a seedtray in a sunny position and do not allow the compost to dry out[
]. Species that come from high altitudes appreciate 6 - 8 weeks cold stratification at 2°c[
]. Pot up the seedlings into individual pots as soon as the second set of seed leaves has developed, if left longer than this they might not move well. Seedlings are planted out in the field when they reach a height of about 25 cm. This should coincide with the onset of the rainy season in tropical countries[
The seed has a long viability[
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