We’ve had gale force winds here lately. One morning about a week ago, 40% of my city had no power when we woke up (we were happily still connected to the grid). Needless to say, this has led to windfalls, and I was still collecting them yesterday as further gale force winds began a week later.
The first windfall was an ironbark. Guessing from its location (a stand of three ironbarks) and the gumnuts still intact, I think it is E Tricarpa. Sadly, just as unremarkable as a dye plant, as the last time I tried!
I have not managed to identify this tree, partly because it branches metres above ground level. Even with so much of its canopy on the ground, I didn’t find a single bud, flower or fruit to help me identify it. The trunk is rough and pale. The whole tree is difficult to capture in a photo, especially on such a gloomy day. It must be at least 20 metres tall.
It seems to be under attack from some kind of scale insect. Every single leaf was affected. Here it is after some hours in hot water–suggestive of a beige outcome….
Compare my third windfall. This is a tree that has been cut to accommodate cars parking beside it, in the car park of a recreation area. I haven’t been sure whether it was E Scoparia, E Camaldulensis, or some other unknown eucalypt. Both E Scoparia and E Camaldulensis have similar shaped and sized leaves, small fruit and both can have pale, smooth trunks (but this trunk looks more E Camaldulensis to my admittedly self-trained eye). The branch that fell to the ground had an uncharacteristically large number of fruit on it for E Scoparia. On the other hand, the clusters of seven fruit with 3 valves apiece made me think it might be E Scoparia after all. So did the colour of the dye bath, though the leaves did not turn orange the way E Scoparia usually does.
In spite of the colour of that dye bath, the result says that this is not E Scoparia, and the 3 valves say that it isn’t E Camaldulensis either (4 valves). Even with vinegar to help bring out whatever orange or red might be there to be had, and still damp from the dyebath… the 3 valved tree is at the top (brown-beige?) and the 20 metre tall tree is at the bottom (caramel-beige).
Here are the results of a bath with a fallen branch from an actual E Scoparia, downed in the same windy night. They’re the red and orange samples, with the E Tricarpa for contrast.