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Blackbutt

Eucalyptus pilularis

Description:

Eucalyptus pilularis, commonly known as "blackbutt", is a common and dominant tree of the myrtle family Myrtaceae, and is native to southeastern Australia. A large tree, it is identified by the stocking of rough bark, to about halfway up the trunk, above this is white smooth bark. The leaves are a uniform glossy to dark green and the white flowers occur from September to March. Economically, it is one of Australia's most important hardwoods. Blackbutt is also an important food tree for koalas. Potential forest giants, trees over 60 metres tall are not rare in northern New South Wales. (Wiki) PS: Madeira vine (Anredera cordifolia), an invasive species, is making its move on the blackbutts and other native trees in this small forest area (3rd photo).

Habitat:

Spotted in native bushland along Devlins Creek, in northwest Sydney. Other large tree species in this area are turpentines, red gums and blue gums. Well-saturated after frequent rains these past few weeks, and well-shaded area with dense undergrowth.

Notes:

Ray Park Bushcare Group work in this park and along Devlins Creek - https://landcare.nsw.gov.au/groups/ray-p... They are all volunteers and do a lot of great work, as do all the bushcare groups, to restore habitat and return these bushland areas back to their pristine state. Weeding out invasive species, planting new natives, pruning, etc. all help. They also install nesting boxes of various sizes for birds, possums and gliders, microbats, as well as shelter for reptiles and native bees.

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2 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a month ago

Lovely comment, Single D. Thank you. At our present rate of land clearing, it's only a matter of time before we find out.

Single D
Single D a month ago

Where would we be without our trees - home for animals and birds, which make up our lives.

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Lat: -33.76, Long: 151.06

Spotted on Mar 27, 2019
Submitted on Jun 4, 2019

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