Thursday, January 23, 2014

Botany picture #134: Eucalyptus bicostata

Today I was lucky enough to join a tour of the Australian National Wildlife Collection, one of the country's premier biodiversity research collections. It is particularly renowned for its holdings of bird specimens and of frozen tissue that can be used for DNA extractions but it also features collections of mammal, lizard and amphibian specimens as well as bird eggs and nests.

Between the building and the car park stands this fine tree which a colleague identified as Eucalyptus bicostata (Myrtaceae).

And this is why I decided to post it: this species has the longest leaves of all Eucalypts. Quite impressive already but apparently they can get even longer.

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