Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

You can’t miss the desert bloodwood – it’s one of the tallest trees in the park.

This species has a thick, rough bark that helps protect it from fire. It drops some of its branches during harsh times, reducing the energy it needs to survive.

The bloodwood gets its name from its dark red sap, which resembles blood.


Anangu make an antiseptic gum for cuts and sores by peeling the red sap off the desert bloodwood, grinding it and mixing it with water. The sap can also be used in an inhalant for coughs and colds.

Wood from the trunk is ideal for making wooden tools like bowls.

Scientific name

Corymbia terminalis

Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara name