Bloodwood

Bloodwood Gum Tree

Occurs over wide areas of the country reaching 15 metres.  The bark is greyish and rough with clusters of pale yellow blossoms which are followed by vase-shaped gum nuts.  A dark red sap oozes from wounds in the trunk.

The blossoms contain a sweet nectar and if you dunk them in a mug of water the result is a sweet nutritious drink.  The Native Bee prefers to build its hive in this tree and it is on this tree that Lerp Scale can be found on the leaves.  The main fork of the tree traps water.

If you mix the sap with water and drink it it can relieve general sickness and diarrhoea.  It is also useful as an antiseptic and can be used for tanning animal skins.

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