Where do the trees grow on Black Mountain

Yellow Box

Eucalyptus melliodora

Eucalyptus melliodora - bark
Bark (RP)

These trees have rough, flaky bark (often in a wavy pattern) on the lower trunk, and smooth bark on the upper trunk and branches. Its club- or egg-shaped buds are about 8 mm long and occur in clusters of 7.

Eucalyptus melliodora - flowers
Flowers and buds (MF)
Eucalyptus melliodora
Eucalyptus melliodora (RP)

Scribbly Gum

Eucalyptus rossii

Eucalyptus rossii - bark
Bark (MF)

These trees have smooth whitish or pale greyish bark throughout. The bark has dark coloured scribble marks (caused by insects) and/or distinctive wrinkles on the undersides of its branches. The buds and fruits are in clusters of 9-15.

Eucalyptus rossii
Eucalyptus rossii (RP)

 

Eucalyptus mannifera - bark
Bark (RP)

Brittle Gum

Eucalyptus mannifera

These trees are very similar to the Scribbly Gum, with smooth whitish or pale greyish bark throughout. However, the Brittle Gum bark is powdery and comes off when rubbed and does not have scribble marks or distinctive wrinkles. The buds and fruits of Brittle Gum are in clusters of 7.

Blakely’s Red Gum

Eucalyptus blakelyi

Eucalyptus blakelyi - bark
Bark (RP)

These trees have smooth, whitish, greyish or yellowish patterned bark on the trunk and branches. The trunk sometimes has rough bark at its base. The juvenile leaves, found on young saplings, are shortly stalked, and alternate along the stems. The spindle-shaped buds are to 14 mm long, and held in clusters of 7-11. The fruit have protruding valves. Blakely’s Red Gum trees often show a form of dieback in summer, with most of the leaves becoming very unhealthy.

Ngunnawal people used large strips of bark to make canoes, while coolamons and shields were made from smaller pieces. The wood can also be made into shields as well as clap sticks.
Eucalyptus blakelyi - flowers
Flowers and buds (RP)
Eucalyptus blakelyi
Eucalyptus blakelyi (RP)

Red Stringybark

Eucalyptus macrorhyncha

Eucalyptus macrorhyncha - bark
Bark (RP)

These trees have fibrous, fissured bark throughout. The bark is grey on the surface and reddish brown in the fissures. The juvenile leaves, found on young saplings, have short stalks, are usually alternate, and are covered in rough bristles. The diamondshaped buds are about 9 mm long and occur in clusters of 7-11.

Ngunnawal people used the bark for shelters, shields, coolamons, string, rope and as a fuel to start fires, the wood for tool handles, and young saplings to make spears.
Eucalyptus macrorhyncha
Eucalyptus macrorhyncha (RP)