Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Illyarrie or Red-capped Flowering Gum (Eucalyptus erythrocorys)

The Illyarrie or Red-capped Flowering Gum is one of the prettiest of the flowering trees and is highly worthy of a mention in this blog. This Eucalyptus erythrocorys which is a native of Western Australia is currently in flower, the bright red-capped buds and brilliant yellow blossoms are spectacular, as shown in these photos.

Illyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys)

The tree is of medium height (3 - 8 metres) with generally smooth cream bark, and grows on sandy soil with limestone ridges or outcrops.  The foliage is dark green with typical eucalyptus shaped leaves. 

General view of Illyarrie Tree (sorry I am unable to rotate it)

The flowers are preceded by large squarish red-capped buds. These caps fall off as the yellow flower emerges.       
(Please keep scrolling down after photos because I am unable to remove the blank spaces).
Red-capped buds of llyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys)

Red-capped buds of llyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys)

The flowers are usually in groups of three and each may be 7 cm in diameter with four tufts of golden stamens  at the corners.  Bees are attracted to these flowers.

Flowers and Buds of llyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys)

Bees love flowers of llyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys)

After the flowers, come the fruit -- these are very large woody seed capsules and are so heavy that the tree is often boughed down with weight and prone to breakage in windy conditions. 

Large woody Fruits of llyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys)

Propagation of this stunning tree is from the seed which germinates readily.

Flowers and Buds of Illyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys)

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