A fast growing evergreen tree, 10-20 m tall. The lower part of the trunk has persistent, rough, dark grey bark that is closely and evenly cracked into rectangular segments (tessellated). The upper part of the trunk has a smooth grey or white surface.
Narrow, lanceolate leaves may be up to about 15 cm long and as little as 1 cm wide. The fresh fruiting capsules are thin and can be squashed easily with the fingers (hence also known as one of the paper-fruited bloodwoods).
Widespread in the tropical and subtropical regions of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory on deep well-drained soils.
Resistant to strong winds, heat and drought and will tolerate a moderate amount of salt spray.
Propagation is from seed. Flowering occurs from midwinter to early summer.
Fruit cylindrical or ovoid, more or less striate, 8-11 mm long, 6-8 mm wide, disc depressed, valves enclosed.
Photo: Robert Whyte