Photo: Australian National Botanic Gardens


Eucalyptus trees are adapted to survive in numerous conditions, making them a favorite choice in worldwide horticulture.  However, nearly all of the over 700 species are native to Australia or Tasmania, the lands famous for charismatic animals like the kangaroo, wallaby, and platypus, desert creatures like the bearded dragon lizard, and venomous spiders like the Sydney funnel-web.

Photo: Christo Doherty

Specifically, the broad leaf peppermint gum (E. dives) is native to the states of New South Wales and Victoria, along the Great Dividing Range.  These mountains rise along the southeastern corner of Australia’s mainland.  Eucalyptus dives grows most frequently in forests positioned on dry, sloped ground with relatively poor soil, alongside species such as inland scribbly gum (E. rossii), red box (E. polyanthemos), and large-flowered bundy (E. nortonii).  The understory in these forests is typically grassy with small shrubs.  HollowThe brown treecreeper nests in woodlands where the broad-leaf peppermint is common. trunks and fallen timber create habitats for a variety of fauna, such as the brown treecreeper and other bird species, as well as various small reptiles and amphibians.  Mammals, such as the common wombat, like to dig burrows in these woods.

Conservative measures have been taken in many farming communities to protect these woodlands from destruction by livestock overgrazing, removal of soil and organic substrates, and improper management of agricultural wastes.  

Follow this link to discover the Adaptations that allow eucalyptus trees to grow all over the world.    

                                                                                                Photo: Rhonda Hansch


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