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Blue Gum Eucalyptus Blossoms

Eucalyptus globulus


Flowers have numerous fluffy stamens which may be white, cream, yellow, pink or red; in bud, the stamens are enclosed in a cap known as an operculum which is composed of the fused sepals or petals or both. Thus flowers have no petals, but instead decorate themselves with the many showy stamens. As the stamens expand, the operculum is forced off, splitting away from the cup-like base of the flower; this is one of the features that unites the genus. The name Eucalyptus, from the Greek words eu-, well, and kaluptos, cover, meaning "well-covered", describes the operculum. (Wikipedia)


Aquatic Park, Berkeley, CA

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misako 9 years ago

Thank you Nopayahnah--I just learned about it too! I always thought the operculum was a seed pod.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Very interesting; nice you showed the different phases. Didn't know eucalyptus had flowers like this.

misako 9 years ago

Thank you Cindy!

CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Great series. I really like the first shot!

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Berkeley, California, USA

Spotted on Jan 13, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2012

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