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Australian native eucalyptus. Gumnut clusters. Ovate shaped leaves feel like sandpaper, and have very small, course hairs on surface. Stems hairy but as they age become dark and woody. Rough but thin grey bark generally at base that peels away from very smooth trunk and branches. Dark sap oozes from wounds and hardens to resin - eg: broken limbs from trunk. Height of this specimen over 6 mtrs, although fully grown specimens can reach over 30 mtrs..
This spotting was in a backyard in Laidley, SEQ. It is native to the Atherton Tablelands area in FNQ. This area is mostly rainforest and the Cadaghi is one of the few eucalypts that is at home in the tropical rainforest.
Although an Australian native, this tree is considered a weed outside North Queensland. Problems with roots and footpaths, mould on leaves, bad for asthma and allergies, and seeds that exude a resin that kills native bees. On a totally different note, an Australian author, May Gibbs, wrote a series of children's books called Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, the first book in the series published in 1918. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, the gumnut babies, are the protagonists of the story and are modelled on the appearance of young Eucalyptus (gum tree) nuts. The villains are the Banksia Men which are modelled on the appearance of aged Banksia 'cones', with follicles for eyes and other facial features. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snugglepot_...
Spotted on Mar 8, 2014
Submitted on Mar 8, 2014
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