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Eucalyptus Facts

Flowering tree predominently seen in Australia

  • The tree originated between 35 and 50 million years ago.
  • There are more than 700 species of Eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia.
  • Only 15 species occur outside Australia. Only 9 of the species are not found in Australia
  • Eucalyptus is a Greek name meaning 'well covererd'.
  • Eucalyptus is one of the fast-growing sources of wood.
  • Its oil can be used for cleaning and functions as a natural insecticide as well as its use to drain swamps and thereby reduce the risk of malaria.
  • The oil is a powerful natural disinfectants and can be toxic in large quantities. However marsupial herbivores, notably Koalas are tolerant to it.
  • The tree is single-stemmed and have a crown forming a minor proportion of the whole tree height.
  • The height of the tree depends on the species and can range from 10m to 60m.
  • Nearly all Eucalyptus are evergreen.
  • Eucalyptus trees were introduced to California by Australians during the California Gold Rush in 1850.
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