Introducing one of my neighbourhood dye plants. It is a Eucalyptus tree, but after many efforts, I still can’t say what specific kind of Eucalypt it is. I have books and I even have Euclid, but I am up against the limits of my own ignorance and the complexity of the task given the hundreds of different varieties of Eucalypt Australia has to offer.
But I can say that this tree is beautiful and that it gives rust-orange-maroon just depending on the method, whether I use leaves or bark, the ratio of plant material to fibre and my luck on the day. Here it is, beside the tram track, with a close up of the trunk. It is opposite number 23, Railway Tce South. It branches so high up that I visit for fallen leaves after it has been really windy, but mostly I collect bark when it is peeling–later in the year.