General Description:

Corymbia aparrerinja is a lignotuberous large tree.  It was previously included as a subspecies of Eucalyptus papuana (now Corymbia papuana) but was raised to species status as part of the general separation of the genus Corymbia from Eucalyptus in 1995.  More recently (2024) a proposal was published to re-classify 36 species of Corymbia (including C.aparrerinja) to the new genus Blakella. An alternative proposal has also been published which would see all ‘eucalypts’ re-classified to the single genus Eucalyptus. It remains to be seen if either proposal will be widely accepted.  For further information see the Background section of the Eucalypts page on this website.

C.aparrerinja has a smooth white to cream bark which gives rise to the common name and can reach over 20 metres in height but on rocky outcrops may be much smaller.  Leaves are the typical lance shape shared by many eucalypts and are 5-15 cm long by up to 6 cm wide. The white flowers occur in summer but are not as conspicuous as they are with a number of other corymbias.  The flowers are followed by brown, barrel shaped fruits about 12 mm in diameter.

C.aparrerinja is a very decorative species and is suitable for cultivation in drier areas of the inland and in the dry tropics.  It is less suited to wetter southern areas.

Propagation is from seed which germinates readily.


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Corymbia aparrerinja (Kings Canyon, Northern Territory)
Photo: Brian Walters

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