Flora - Eucalyptus gum tree - Credit: SATC, Adam Bruzzone

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Eucalyptus gum trees

  • SUMMARY

Eucalyptus is a diverse genus of trees and a few shrubs, the members of which dominate the tree flora of Australia. There are more than seven hundred species of Eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, with a very small number found in adjacent parts of New Guinea and Indonesia and one as far north as the Philippines islands.

Eucalyptus camaldulensis is found over most of the Australian mainland and it is widespread along rivers of all continental Australia. Gum trees (eucalypts) are a vital part of the Australian natural environment. The only major environment where eucalypts are absent is the rainforest.