This old Rapanea melanophloeos trunk shows uneven patches of roughness growing in its bark. Cracks develop gradually without uniformity in pattern, transforming particular areas, while other parts remain smooth, some with horizontal ridges.
Dark colouring in the pale grey surface with slight hints of pink is limited to the cracks and small parts where upper bark has dropped off.
The surface has become uneven from undulations without regularity. Limited buttressing at the base continues into minor fluting, not continued far in the photographed section (Schmidt, et al, 2002; Coates Palgrave, 2002; Pooley, 1993).