Saturday, December 10, 2011

Australia - Australian River Gums

I love long bushwalks on dusty tracks, farms, houses surrounded by cattle, blue mountain ranges, burning campfires, the smell of gums, winter sunsets and mateship - just some of the reasons, I LOVE AUSTRALIA!

Sent by Maxine, a postcrosser from Queensland, Australia.

This is from Wikipedia : The River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) is a tree of the genus Eucalyptus. It is one of around 800 in the genus. It is a plantation species in many parts of the world, but is native to Australia, where it is widespread, especially beside inland water courses. Oddly, it is named for a private estate garden near the Camaldoli monastery near Naples (L'Hortus Camaldulensis di Napoli), from where the first specimen came to be described. Material from this tree was used by Frederick Dehnhardt, Chief Gardener at the Botanic Gardens in Naples, to describe this species in 1832.

It is a familiar and iconic tree seen along many watercourses right across inland Australia. The tree produces welcome shade in the extreme temperatures of central Australia, and plays an important role in stabilising river banks.

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