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Eucalyptus tress are some of the tallest in the world. They don’t like cold. The bark is usually peeling off in loose stringy or papery strips. Young leaves are often blue-grey on square stems. Mature leaves are shiny, very thin green ovals on round stems. Creamy white flowers, sometimes pink. Leaves can be made into tea or steam distilled to extract oil, which is a powerful antiseptic used to treat gum disease, burns, insect repellant. The essential oil, breathed in a steam, will help clear the nasal passages, as will the steam from boiling the leaves. A small drop on the tongue eases nausea. Oil-soaked cloths placed in cabinets and closets keeps roaches and insects away. Originally from Australia, this fast-growing invasive tree is taking over southern California.
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The commercially prominent eucalypts include bluegum (Eucalyptus globulus), jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata), karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor), delgupta (Eucalyptus delgupta) and eucalyptus (Eucalyptus grandis).
('Trooper Bluegum', Oliver Hogue, served in the Light Horse and the Camel Corps from Gallipoli to Damascus.
He was taller than the bluegums and poplars down by the river -- Gert and I could only see the hem of his kilt and his sporran high above our heads.
It is from the preplotting of the story of the bluegum, Godden insists, from some form of unconscious identification, that Benjy's "blackness" comes.
Haddad, bluegum leaf debris (NCA, 2006/1497); 1 [female] Brandfort, Florisbad, 28[degrees]46'S:26[degrees]05'E, 1250 m, 30.iii-26.iv.1988, L.N.
But a growth of 70 inches in girth for the Port-Orford-cedar moved it from eighth to sixth place overall, nudging it ahead of the common baldcypress and bluegum eucalyptus.
Here we learn that wowseristic Uncle Wattleberry's whiskers are the principal reasons for Bunyip Bluegum to leave home and travel the world, Norman Lindsay, The Magic Pudding, Sydney, 1918, pp.
Screenplay, Harry Cripps, Greg Haddock, Simon Hopkinson, based on the book "The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum" by Norman Lindsay.