Finke Gorge National Park

Finke Gorge NP | Boggy Hole | Palm Valley | Fauna | Flora

The Ghost Gum (Corymbia aparrerinja) is one of the iconic imagery of the arid central Australian outback. Endemic to Central Australia, it is found growing along the banks of dry river beds, arid creek flats, open woodland areas and the rocky slopes of gorges throughout the central Australian ranges.

Whilst they can grow up to 18 metres in height, they tend to be smaller in statue, especially when growing on rocky hillsides, clinging to the edges, but still a very striking with its smooth white bark.

Ghost gums are often seen growing by themselves, although one of the most famous depiction are the twin gums by Albert Namatjira.

Originally named Eucalyptus papuana, and now known as Corymbia aparrerinja, the new species name is derived from an Arrernte word meaning ‘found around river red gums’, although ghost gums are known by the Western Arrernte word ilwempe.

More information in our Flora indexGhost Gum.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Rosids
  • Order: Myrtales
  • Family: Myrtaceae
  • Genus: Corymbia
  • Species: C. aparrerinja
  • Binomial name: Corymbia aparrerinja