What is this tree?

Do you know?

The blossoms might be yellow, saw a bit of a glint in one of the pods, which look like an elongated gumnuts. I’ve lived here for nearly 24 years, and recall these trees being planted, but have never noticed their flowers at all. It will be an Australian native tree. The flower pods are in clusters reminding me of the claw-like ranunculus bulb;

WP_20140811_004which then reminds me that I must weed, on the off-chance some of my little bulbs wish to appear this year. I have a small scattering of ranunculus,  anemones and sparaxis in my front garden. It won’t happen today, the weeding – we have another icy wind and blue sky day.

WP_20140811_002Photos taken yesterday on my phone.  Now, I must away to my class work, an assignment to complete and submit, for Learning How To Learn.


19 thoughts on “What is this tree?

    • I thought you had it then, M-R, but then realised the leaf in the picture I found of that species had been nibbled at. These are an odd shaped leaf, with notches. The bud clusters are very much like the E. grossa, but in reverse – these are oddly slender at the tips. It must belong to one of the gums though. ❤


        • I’m pretty sure all the leaves are the same squat looking things, but I’ll check tomorrow on my walk.

          Do you like this theme M-R? It was annoying the crap out of me that the comments link was at the top of the post in the other. I’ve got to reinstate the widgets on the side yet and uncertain about featured image size, too.

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          • Not a lot. Or did you want me to dance about the topic ? … OF COURSE you didn’t.
            I don’t like themes that repeat images: I have no idea what the designers thought they were doing.
            I’m not even keen on featured images. In fact, for all I know I’m mixing up those two things …
            I’m your minimalist, I guess, me love: one of my reasons for eliminating ‘Likes’ was that they’re messy !!!! 😀
            I don’t care where the comments link is, provided it’s bloody CLEAR; because when you click ‘like’ and you’re asked if you want to comment, you’re going to be taken to them willy-nilly, aincha ?
            It’s such fun changing themes: give it another burl …

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          • It did give it another burl, or two. You weren’t mixing up anything M-R. That last one you saw duplicated the featured image at the same size which was silly. But there wouldn’t have been two of the photos in the post if I hadn’t made the original that way. Ta. 🙂


  1. Reblogged this on Christine R and commented:

    I have a blossom for this shrub, now – and discovered the name …
    from wikipedia
    Eucalyptus platypus, also known as the Moort or Round-leaved Moort, is a small tree which occurs in an area between Albany and Esperance in Western Australia.

    It is a mallee Eucalyptus and grows to between 1.5m and 10 metres in height. The canopy of the tree is dense and rounded and the leaves are elliptical to orbicular. The bark is smooth and light brown, ageing to grey.

    A distinctive feature of this species are its elongated flat peduncles which are about 3 cm long and 1 cm wide. These are referred to in its specific name platypus which is derived from the Greek words πλατύς (platy: flat, broad) and πους (pous: foot). The peduncles support stalkless buds with long, conical caps in clusters of up to seven. These are followed by greenish-yellow (or occasionally white, cream or (rarely) red) flowers in spring and summer which are to some degree obscured by the dense foliage.

    Well, M-R, you weren’t far wrong when you said it was a mallee. 🙂


        • I think there are probably hundreds of them, Tess, and some smell more than others. I took notice today, but couldn’t smell this one above the pine tree behind me. There was a slight scent when I crushed a leaf. In contrast, I love getting to the other end of the service road – there I’m enveloped in eucalyptus scent, especially wonderful after rain or a storm when the leaves have been bruised.


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