Eucalyptus Macrandra?

I found this tree in flower in a park in  West Lakes (my sweetheart is a triathlete, and that is what you can see happening in the background).

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The trunk was smooth and shiny with some peeled bark, and as you can see, the whole tree has been shaped by the prevailing wind.

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The flowers were a yellow shade of green, with the older flowers turning brown.  There were two generations of buds on long, flattened peduncles (always a striking feature, especially with a name like ‘peduncle’!).  The bud caps were 15 mm long–much smaller than the Yates that I know.  Perhaps someone else can confirm or deny whether this is E Macrandra!  I will regain access to Euclid (the CSIRO eucalypt database) later this month after a long, long time when it wouldn’t work for me… and I can’t wait!  For the time being I’m depending on my trusty book collection, which has its limits–and so do I.

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Results like these have me wondering why I would ever bother using walnut hulls for deep browns. I am blessed with great choices in oranges and browns, for sure.

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6 responses to “Eucalyptus Macrandra?

  1. Those are gorgeous browns!

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    • Thanks! Now I am spinning yarns that graduate between colours I am warming to brown as one of the options… and I may have seen another of these trees flowering on campus as I rode up the hill this morning….

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  2. Really nice browns! Wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Liebster award over on my blog if you want to participate 🙂 http://sewpomona.com/2014/03/13/a-liebster-award/

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  3. that’s an impressive wind-lean!

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