I’ve been curious about E Polyanthemos for ages. I saw one on a tour of the Currency Creek Eucalyptus arboretum years back and I had already heard it was a good dye plant. I am guessing it is mentioned in Eco-Colour. It has been on my mental list for quite some time. So when I found one that had been identified by a more knowledgeable person recently, I paid a lot of attention.
I think the two trees I have been holding in mind as potential examples of E Polyanthmos might actually be E Polyanthemos on the basis of this sighting.
It’s a lovely tree–those wide grey green leaves are truly lovely. Evidently, they are also delicious, because this one was covered in leaves that had been nibbled by some kind of insect.
This tiny sample went into my dyepot…
And created very interesting prints. It intrigues me that one plant can create such different colours in such close proximity. I have had wonderful colour from the buds of the other two trees I visit from time to time, and the tree is truly spectacular when in blossom, because the many-anthers its botanical name promises are needless to say held on many flowers which attract many birds. Ah, the glory of eucalypts!