Beakpod eucalyptus


Beakpod eucalyptus is native to a very humid coastal strip in southeast Australia. It reaches a height of 125 feet, with a trunk 3 feet in diameter. The bark is grayish-brown, thick and furrowed; in humid areas it becomes spongy and some people remove it to cultivate orchids, thus exposing the inner bark to the attack of bacteria and fungi which may kill the tree. The leaves are up to 8 inches long and smell of resin when crushed. Flowers are just over an inch wide. Fruits are capsules up to five-eighths of an inch long, the seeds are minute and disperse with the wind. It flowers and produces fruit mainly during fall and winter. The generic name means well covered, in reference to a lid or operculum that covers the flowers’ stamens before they expand. The species name refers to the size of the mature tree.

The photographed tree is one of many specimens planted by Joaquín Oliver and Hipólito Irizarry in the grounds of the new athletic field. There is one tree at the Natatorium sports complex.

Eucalyptus robusta (Myrtaceae)