Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
Tree to 30 m or more in good soils. Bark persistent, rough, tessellated, brown. Leaves with obvious oil glands (hold leaf up to light and use hand lens; crush leaf and smell eucalyptus oil). Stamens white (‘rarely pink’: http://keyserver.lucidcentral.org)
Without flowers, marri appears very similar to Corymbia ficifolia, which is widely grown in milder parts of New Zealand. C. ficifolia has red/scarlet/orange flowers (reputed hybrids between the two species may account for most pink flowered trees seen in cultivation). Without flowers, the oil glands in the leaves of marri provide easy identification - use hand lens or crush and smell (leaves of C. ficifolia lack oil glands).
This taxon may be prone to Myrtle Rust (Austropuccinia psidii) is an invasive fungus which threatens myrtle species - learn more myrtlerust.org.nz
South-west of West Australia
Reason for introduction
Tolerant of salt wind and drought