Myrtaceae (myrtle family) Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus patens Swan River blackbutt

Western Australia

For some reason six of these large forest trees were slipped into a shady location about 40 feet from the east wall of the School of Education in 1991. By 2001 the three survivors were about 4 feet high, and still holding out their extraordinary large subamplexicaul (i.e., of a leaf base, almost stem-clasping) juvenile leaves for such rays of sunshine as filtered through the existing canopy. Let’s wish them luck. They are certainly triers.

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 subsequently replaced the parenthetical exclamation mark following subamplexicaul with an explanation.