Scientific name Eucalyptus siderophloia
|Similar Eucalyptus propinqua, Corymbia intermedia, Eucalyptus acmenoides, Eucalyptus paniculata, Eucalyptus fibrosa|
Eucalyptus siderophloia, the Northern Grey Ironbark is a eucalyptus of south eastern Australia. A medium to large tree up to 45 metres tall, with dark furrowed rough bark. Sidero is Greek, σιδερο = iron (not to be confused with homonym for star), and phloos, φλόος = bark.
This Ironbark occurs in New South Wales and Queensland, north of Sydney in wet soils of reasonable fertility. The original specimen was collected at Morisset, New South Wales. The specific epithet siderophloia translates from the Greek to “iron bark”.
This plant first appeared in scientific literature in Flora Australiensis in the year 1867, authored by the prominent English botanist, George Bentham.
The sapwood is usually resistant to the lyctus borer. Not an easy timber to work, however it has a beautiful appearance similar to some rainforest species. Uses include flooring and decking, shipbuilding, poles, construction, railway sleepers and heavy engineering.