Corymbia jacobsiana

Corymbia jacobsiana, commonly known as Jacob's bloodwood or the stringybark bloodwood,[2] is a species of tree that is endemic to the Northern Territory. It has rough, stringy bark on the trunk and branches, lance-shaped to elliptical or curved adult leaves, flower buds in groups of three or seven, creamy white flowers and urn-shaped fruit.

Jacob's bloodwood
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Corymbia jacobsiana near Pine Creek
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Corymbia
C. jacobsiana
Binomial name
Corymbia jacobsiana

Eucalyptus jacobsiana Blakely


Corymibia jacobsiana is a tree that typically grows to a height of 20 m (66 ft) and forms a lignotuber and rhizomes. It has rough, stringy, yellow-brown to grey-brown bark on the trunk and branches. Young plants and coppice regrowth have hairy, glossy dark green leaves that are paler on the lower surface, arranged in opposite pairs, linear, 45–105 mm (1.8–4.1 in) long and 2–8 mm (0.079–0.315 in) wide on a short petiole. Adult leaves are arranged alternately, glossy dark green above, much paler on the lower surface, lance-shaped to elliptical or curved, 53–137 mm (2.1–5.4 in) long and 7–20 mm (0.28–0.79 in) wide, tapering to a petiole 4–23 mm (0.16–0.91 in) long. The flower buds are arranged on the ends of branchlets on a branched peduncle 4–13 mm (0.16–0.51 in) long, each branch of the peduncle with three or seven buds on pedicels 2–8 mm (0.079–0.315 in) long. Mature buds are oval to pear-shaped or spherical, about 4 mm (0.16 in) long and 2 mm (0.079 in) wide with a rounded to conical or beaked operculum. The tree is thought to flower between February and April and the flowers are creamy white. The fruit is a woody urn-shaped capsule 7–11 mm (0.28–0.43 in) long and 4–8 mm (0.16–0.31 in) wide with the valves enclosed in the fruit. The seeds are flattened, dull to semi-glossy and red or red-brown and saucer-shaped.[2][3][4][5][6]

Corymbia jacobsiana has no close relatives.[2] It is solated from all other bloodwoods by the combination of rough stringybark and sparsely hairy juvenile leaves, carpeted on the underside with white hairs.[7]

Taxonomy and namingEdit

Jacob's bloodwood was first formally described by the botanist William Blakely in 1934 in his book, A Key to the Eucalypts and given the name Eucalyptus jacobsiana. The type specimens were collected by "Dr. M. R. Jacobs" 10 mi (16 km) north of Pine Creek in 1933.[6][8] Jacobs was a distinguished forester and the Principal of the Australian Forestry School in Canberra from 1945 to 1961.[2] Botanists Ken Hill and Lawrie Johnson were the first to define the genus Corymbia in 1995, identifying the bloodwoods, ghost gums and spotted gums as a group distinct from Eucalyptus. They changed the name of this species to Corymbia jacobsiana.[5][9]


Corymbia jacobsiana occurs throughout the top end of the Northern Territory, usually in monsoonal woodland areas and usually as part of a tropical savannah woodland mix with eucalpyts and cypress, growing in sand or clay soils or in dissected sandstone.[10] It has an erratic distribution around Pine Creek, Tipperary Station and further east in Arnhem Land, often found with Corymbia arnhemensis and C. nesophila.[2]

The plant's rhizomes allow it to form dense clones following fires, and that later thin out to form woodlands.[11]

See alsoEdit

List of Corymbia species


  1. ^ a b "Corymbia jacobsiana". Australian Plant Census. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Corymbia jacobsiana (Blakely) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson". NT Flora. Northern Territory Government. 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Corymbia jacobsiana". Euclid: Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  4. ^ Chippendale, George M. "Eucalyptus jacobsiana". Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Canberra. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b Hill, Kenneth D.; Johnson, Lawrence A.S. (13 December 1995). "Systematic studies in the eucalypts. 7. A revision of the bloodwoods, genus Corymbia (Myrtaceae)". Telopea. 6 (2–3): 225–226. doi:10.7751/telopea19953017.
  6. ^ a b "Corymbia jacobsiana (Blakely) K.D. Hill & L.A.S. Johnson, Telopea 6: 225 (1995)". Eucalink. Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  7. ^ "More about Corymbia". Euclid. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Eucalyptus jacobsiana". APNI. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Corymbia jacobsiana". APNI. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Occurrence record: DNA D0131761 Corymbia jacobsiana". Australia's Virtual Herbarium. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  11. ^ P. J. Keane (2000). Diseases and Pathogens of Eucalypts. CSIRO publishing. ISBN 9780643065239.