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  1. 115 First flowering photo by Rich Weatherill
  2. 115 Empty seed pod by Rich Weatherill
  3. 115_0 Full flowering photo by Clare Snowball
  4. 115_1 Full flowering photo by Clare Snowball

Marri

Corymbia calophylla

Appearance

  • Tree with tessellated bark.
  • Size: 40 – 60 m high.
  • Leaves: lance to oval shape.  Veins are distinct.
  • Flowers: White to pink.
  • Fruit/seed: Urn shaped fruit 0.7 – 1.4 cm long, 0.7–1 cm diameter.  

What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower
  • Full flowering (record all days)
  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
  • No flowering

ClimateWatch Science Advisor

We expect plants to start shooting and flowering earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. They may also start appearing in new areas, as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold for them.

When To Look

  • Tree is present all year.
  • Flowers from December to May.

Where To Look

  • South Western Australia
  • Ranging from Geraldton to Albany.  Inland to Albany highway.
  • Widely spread

References

Nevill et al. 2005. Guide to the Wildlife of the Perth Region. Simon Nevill Publications, Perth, Western Australia.

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  1. What Else?

    Marri is superficially similar to Corymbia ficifolia. However it has urn-shaped fruit rather than barrel shaped, its seeds are larger and do not have wings, and its oil glands in the leaves are prominent. C. ficifolia always has scarlet flowers, while marri flowers are almost always white

  1. Did You Know?

    Corymbia comes from Latin, corymbium, a "corymb" refers to floral clusters where all flowers branch from the stem at different levels but ultimately terminate at about the same level.

    calophylla comes from Greek calo, beautiful, and phyllon, a leaf.