Photographer's Note

Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of trees (rarely shrubs), the members of which dominate the tree flora of Australia. There are more than 700 species of Eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, with a very small number found in adjacent parts of New Guinea and Indonesia and one as far away as the Philippines. Eucalypts can be found in almost every part of the continent, adapted to all of Australia's climatic conditions; in fact, no other continent is so characterised by a single genus of tree as Australia is by eucalyptus. Many, but far from all, are known as gum trees; other names for various species include mallee, box, ironbark, stringybark, and ash.

Eucalypts have many uses which have made them economically important trees. Due to their fast growth the foremost of these is the wood. They provide many desirable characteristics for use as ornament, timber, firewood and pulpwood. Fast growth also makes eucalypts suitable as windbreaks.

Eucalypts draw a tremendous amount of water from the soil through the process of transpiration.

In Argentina is a very common tree in the Buenos Aires province, since lots of them have been planted and now form scattered small woods as this one.

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Additional Photos by Patricio Burraco (pburraco) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 113 W: 15 N: 112] (861)
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