2013-02-15

Good Ol' Gum Trees

 
Illyarrie - Eucalyptus erythrocorys
A Mallee from Western Australia. It is a small tree, 3-10m tall. The bark is smooth but can have a few rough patches where it persists on the trunk instead of being shed.

The Illyarrie is notable for its big flowers which can be 5 cm across or more. They are bright yellow, being covered by a bright-red cap (operculum) in bud - giving the epithet erythrocorys (red-helmet). The stamens are arranged in 4 bundles and the fruits are ribbed with a red top
 
 
Eucalyptus torquata
This tree's thin branches sometimes droop form the weight of its many coral red and yellow flowers and .5 inch long, grooved seed capsules. Foliage is light to golden green ranging from long and slim to round. Well placed as a grove for its exceptional flower display. The foliage of nearly all species has a strong pungent odor similar to menthol.

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