Moreton Bay Ash (species: Corymbia tessellaris) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Corymbia tessellaris
Moreton Bay Ash

©Anne Hoggett: Corymbia tessellaris at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Corymbia tessellaris at Lizard Island showing characteristic abrupt change in bark 1-2 metres from base, and leaves in foreground.

©Anne Hoggett: Corymbia tessellaris flowers and leaves, Lizard Island, early Nov 2016.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Myrtales
Family Myrtaceae
Genus Corymbia
Species Corymbia tessellaris



Distinguishing features

A large tree with rough checkered bark that stops abruptly a few metres or less from the ground. Above that, the trunk and branches are smooth and pale.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: This is the common "eucalypt" at Lizard Island.

Web resources


  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
  • Cooper, W. (2004). Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest. Nokomis Editions, Melbourne.
  • Lentfer, C.J., M.W. Felgate, R.A. Mills and J. Specht (2014). Human history and palaeoenvironmental change at Site 17, Freshwater Beach, Lizard Island, Northeast Queensland, Australia. Queensland Archaeological Research, 16: 141-164. LIRS catalog number 1757.
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