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Australian Eucalyptus Microcorys, Tallow Wood Gum Tree lithograph c1898

Australian Eucalyptus Microcorys, Tallow Wood Gum Tree lithograph c1898

by Maiden, J.H.

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.

Named Tallow Wood for the greasy nature of the timber of this tree. In Queensland it is also known as Peppermint, and Turpentine (because of the oil contained in its leaves), and Red Stringybark (alluding to the colour of its wood), but these names refer to other trees in New South Wales. The Greek name eucalyptus from eu (well), and kalypto (to cover), refer to the little conical cap that completely covers the flower, and is thrown off as the flower opens. Greek microcorys (a little helmet) describes the comparative smallness of the operculum (cap) of the flower. It is a tall tree with persistent furrowed fibrous bark.Tallow-wood ‘gum’ or ‘kino’ is not of such medicinal value as those from most other eucalypts. Tallo-wood is one of the most valuable timbers the Colony produces. Only found from Gosford in New South Wales through to the coast and coastal ranges of Queensland, to around 50 km inland. It is strong and durable under or above ground, usually has a pink tinge, and like many other timbers, darkens with age. It is excellent for decking, wood-paving, posts, palings, etc.

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

Stock Number: apJHM27Price: $176.00

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