I’d barely walked past Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve on to the Maribyrnong river path when I spotted this Red-flowering Gum in the middle of a calf-high grass field this afternoon. I believe its Corymbia ficifolia (originally called Eucalyptus ficifolia).
Feel free to correct me in the comments section if I’m wrong. I know nothing about indigenous flora.
If it is this species, the one I saw was a baby at about 7-8 foot high, as it can grown up to 10 metres (or about 30+ feet). It was gorgeous, even from some distance away when I made this first photo with my long 150-500mm lens.
With the same camera lens, I got a bit closer, but there were so many flowers, I couldn’t isolate one particular one. I suppose I could have cut off some surrounding foliage, but that’s not my thing to do when walking in nature.
I prefer to see images of the real plant with no disturbance of its natural habitat if possible.
This red-flowering eucalypt is often used as a street plant in residential areas due to the profusion of flowers, but this specimen was definitely the most colourful I’d ever seen.
I stretched what is essentially a 30 minute walk to Maribyrnong Wetlands into a 2 hour stroll, (slower than snail pace), in the Spring sunshine. But was glad of my light windproof jacket as the breeze was cool, despite the heat of the sun.