Deglupta, or kamarere, is native to the southern Phlippines, Indonesia, and New Guinea, being one of a few Eucalyptus species not native to Australia. It was introduced to Puerto Rico in the 1950s and has been widely planted for its colorful bark. In its native range it reaches a height of 225 feet, with a trunk 6 feet in diameter. The leaves are up to 5 inches long and smell of lemon when crushed. Flowers are about half an inch wide and are produced in abundance. Fruits are hard, small capsules that liberate minute seeds. It flowers during spring and summer, and produces fruits during summer and fall. The generic name means well covered, in reference to a lid or operculum that covers the flowers’ stamens before they expand. The species name derives from a Latin word describing the peeling of the skin, in reference to the shedding of the bark.

The photographed tree is southeast of Building B. There are young specimens south of Building C and north of the Agricultural Engineering Building.

Eucalyptus deglupta (Myrtaceae)