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Australian Swamp Mahogany Eucalyptus robusta gum tree. Lithograph c1896

Australian Swamp Mahogany Eucalyptus robusta gum tree. Lithograph c1896

by Maiden, J.H.

Australian eucalyptus tree, also called New Holland Mahogany and Brown Gum-tree by English botanist Sir James Smith in 1793, but these names are never used in Australia. Eucalyptus is from two Greek words eu (well), and kalypto (to cover), in reference to the little conical cap that completely covers the cream flower, and is thrown off as the flower opens. Latin robusta means strong, firm, robust. Its wood is considered to resemble the true mahogany of Central America.

Swamp mahogany is usually found in damp low lying areas of the east coastal regions o New South Wales and Queensland, it grows up to 30 metres, with a trunk diameter of over a metre, this tree is not as aromatic as other gum-trees.

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: apJHMPrice: $170.00