Myrtaceae (myrtle family) Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus megacornuta warted yate

Western Australia

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. conferruminata, 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 Street 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.

Eucalyptus megacornuta voucher. Courtesy of Prof. Matt Ritter and Robert F. Hoover Herbarium, Cal Poly State University

Illustrations: E. megacornuta gallery.

Related material: Eucalyptus checklist.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings added the Serra St. location ca. 2007.