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The Eucalyptus tree is a native of Australia and Tasmania, where it forms large forests. There are about 140 species described, but they vary extremely, different kinds of leaves being produced on the same tree, thus presenting distinct specific characters, and varying also in the nature of their barks.
In Tasmania and Gippsland Victoria, they grow to an immense heighth, often exceeding 400 feet. Their naked and branchless stems of a dirty white color look like natural columns. These are often blackened by the fires of the natives or wrung by the settler's axe, when they afford a grand but dismal spectacle, as one speeds along in the train; in some districts square miles of country is passed in which the forests have been wrung preparatory to settlement, and in some cases for no obvious reason, as the land is unfit for occupation and there stand those former monarchs of
TYNDALE WC. NOTES ON THE EUCALYPTUS. JAMA. 1893;XX(3):70–71. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420300016001f
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