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Friday, 25 September 2009

Biology: Red River Gum


A 700 Year old tree.

The River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) is a tree of the genus Eucalyptus. It is a plantation species in many parts of the world but is native to Australia where it is widespread especially beside inland water courses.

The tree can grow to 45 metres tall; it has smooth bark, ranging in colour from white and grey to red-brown which is shed in long ribbons. The tree grows straight under favourable conditions, but can develop twisted branches in drier conditions. The species can be found along the banks of watercourses, as well as the floodplains of those watercourses.

Red gum is so named for its brilliant red wood, which can range from a light pink through to almost black, depending on the age and weathering. It is somewhat brittle and is often cross-grained, making hand working difficult. Traditionly used in rot resistant applications like stumps, fence posts and sleepers, more recently it has been recognised in craft furniture for its spectacular deep red colour and typical fiddleback figure.

Sources: Wikipedia

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