Origin: Western Australia

Family: Myrtaceae
Subfamily: Myrtoideae
Tribe: Eucalypteae
Scientific name: Corymbia calophylla

Folk Names: Red gum, Port Gregory gum
Indigenous (Noongar) Names: Marri


Element: Water
Direction: West
Moon Phase: Dark moon
Day: Monday
Planet: Pluto
Zodiac: Scorpio

Parts used: Leaves, seeds, flowers, resin (best collected Sept-Nov)

Magical Properties: Health, cleansing, protection, resilience, exorcism, banishing

Substitutions: Melaleuca, camphor, lavender


Indigenous Medicinal Uses:


Indigenous Uses:


Originally classified as a species of Eucalyptus, however characterised as a “bloodwood” (due to the red kino/sap) in the mid-1800s. Bloodwoods were officially officially moved to the new genus of Corymbia in 1995, along with ghost gums and spotted gums. These remain in the tribe Eucalypteae and are still commonly referred to as “eucalypts”.

Type: Evergreen tree (occasionally mallee)
Plant size: 40-60m
Bark: Rough, brown bark
Leaves: Broad, glossy green lance/egg-shaped leaves, 9-14cm long and 3-5cm wide
Flowers: Birak to Djeran: Cream/pink stamens arrange circularly
Fruit: Large, woody, urn-shaped “gumnuts” (or “honky nuts”), which open to release large seeds

Etymology: Called “red gum” due to the excessive red, blood-like kino/gum/sap exuded when damaged. The genus name, Corymbia is from the Latin word corymbus, meaning “a corymb”.