Eucalyptus megacornuta. WARTED YATE. Western Australia

MYRTACEAE (Myrtle family)

It is hard to resist picking up the giant opercula that fall from this small, upright, colorful tree. They are big enough for kids to stick on their fingers and pretend to be a witch, just as with E. lehmannii, but more threatening. The flower buds, packed in sevens on a long strap-shaped peduncle, are very strange in themselves, and suitable for dry arrangements. The ensemble of seven, long-stamened, greenish-yellow flowers, is often likened to a shaving brush. An example is on the north side of Raimundo Way, roughly opposite Wing Place. There are a few trees in the thicket off Serra St. several yards east of the back fence of the Recycling Center. Others were destroyed by building construction; schoolyards would be a good place for replacements.

Voucher image courtesy of Prof. Matt Ritter and Robert F. Hoover Herbarium, Cal Poly State University.

Other campus Eucalypts
E. acaciiformis | E. aggregata | E. albens | E. albida | E. blakelyi | E. botryoides | E. botryoides hybrid | E. bridgesiana | E. caesia | E. camaldulensis | E. cinerea | E. citriodora | E. cladocalyx | E. conferruminata | E. cornuta | E. crebra | E. cypellocarpa | E. diversicolor | E. dundasii | E. dwyeri | E. erythronema | E. ficifolia | E. globulus | E. goniocalyx | E. gunnii | E. intertexta | E. kruseana | E. laeliae | E. lehmannii | E. leucoxylon | E. linearis | E. loxophleba | E. macarthurii | E. macrandra | E. maculosa | E. mannifera | E. megacornuta | E. melliodora | E. morrisbyi | E. nicholii | E. notes | E. ochrophloia | E. oleosa ssp. oleosa | E. paniculata | E. parvifolia | E. parvula | E. patens | E. pauciflora | E. pellita | E. platypus | E. polyanthemos | E. pulchella | E. pulverulenta | E. punctata | E. redunca | E. resinifera | E. robusta | E. rudis | E. salubris | E. sideroxylon | E. squamosa | E. stellulata | E. urnigera | E. viminalis | E. viridis

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Related material: Eucalyptus checklist

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