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Australian Eucalyptus Corymbosa, Bloodwood gum tree. Original lithograph c1895

Australian Eucalyptus Corymbosa, Bloodwood gum tree. Original lithograph c1895

by Maiden, J.H.

The Bloodwood (Eucalyptus corymbosa) is a fine timber tree that reaches up to 36 metres, and exudes much kino (gum), hence the popular name of gum-tree – in this case with a red tinge when fresh. Eucalyptus is from two Greek words eu (well), and kalypto (to cover), in reference to the little conical cap that completely covers the white or cream flower, and is thrown off as the flower opens. It flowers profusely from an early age, and is loved by parrots, bees and other insects. Charcoal was made from bloodwood bark and used as an antiseptic application to wounds by the aborigines of Moreton Bay. Not particularly popular with the colonials, it is now more favourable because of its inflammable nature. It was found in coastal districts from Bega south of Sydney to the far north Queensland.

A beautiful original colour-printed lithograph of Eucalyptus flowers, gum nuts, foliage and bark of this beautiful tree. The artists were Messrs. E.W. Minchen, and H.J.A. Baron, under the guidance of botanical draughtsman Mr. R.T. Baker, and illustrations were given George Bentham's botanical names as well as their popular names. Published circa 1895 for “The Flowering Plants and Ferns of New South Wales” by J.H. Maiden, F.L.S., Assisted by W.S. Campbell, F.L.S. - intended to familiarize the public with the Colony’s principal flowering shrubs, plants and ferns, and forest trees of economic value. 

The page size is 240 x 180mm (9.5 x 7 inches). Image size is 225 x 150mm (9 x 6 inches).

Stock Number: apJHM2Price: $176.00

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