The Red-capped Gum (Eucalyptus erythrocorys) is one of the beautiful flowering eucalypts that flowers during summer through to autumn months – seen flowering in January, February, April and September.
Grouped in threes, the flowers that start off green, emerge from rectangular shaped buds with a wart looking vivid red cap (the red caps can be seen strewn on the ground). The yellow flowers can be up to 7 cm across with four tufts of golden stamens at each of the “corners”, giving the flower a squarish look. The seed capsule are large helmet-shaped fruits.
A mallee shrub or small tree that can grow to 4 metres in height, forming a lignotuber. The bark is rough and creamy under the loose brown bark.
A small tree of subcoastal areas north of Perth, it is a popular street tree in many South Australia and Western Australia country towns.
Illyarrie, Red-capped Gum, Helmet Nut Gum.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes
- Clade: Angiosperms
- Clade: Eudicots
- Clade: Rosids
- Order: Myrtales
- Family: Myrtaceae
- Genus: Eucalyptus
- Species: E. erythrocorys
- Binomial name: Eucalyptus erythrocorys